About Bebook

Bebook is a mobile library for children supported by a group of volunteers who have dedicated their time to bringing books and the practice of reading to underprivileged children. We do this on a weekly basis, by way of our mobile library van. We visit small schools, institutions providing residential care to disadvantaged children and also small rural villages where the population has little or no access to books. Bebook aims to encourage reading as fun, and not just an educational activity. In order to run the projects we rely on donations of books, art and craft materials, volunteers’ time and of course, funds to operate the mobile library.

Bebook was registered as a trust on 13th February 2012
(80G Registration No: F.No.CIT/PNJ/40-8/20/80G/2012-13).

OUR TRUSTEES

DIVIYA KAPUR

DIVIYA KAPUR

Managing Trustee of Bebook, runs Literati an independent Bookstore in Goa. She practised as a lawyer in Delhi, focussing on Women's Rights and Human Rights. She has worked with various NGOs and is currently a Trusteee of Samvada, Bangalore which works with youth on various issues.

SHERREE CARLOS

is a practising foot refloxologist who lives in Goa. She has worked in a variety of areas: financial services, writing and editing, destination marketing and home textiles retail. She has also been a trustee of CRY in its early days, a consultant to the Concern India Foundation and on the advisory board of Sutradhar, an NGO focussed on early childhood learning.
SHERREE CARLOS

SUCHITRA MENON

SUCHITRA MENON

is a Barrister (Inner Temple) who relocated to India from Malaysia and the UK. She currently lives in Delhi and is certified to teach English (CELTA by the British Council). She is volunteering part time teaching underprivileged children English at Sanskruti. She has also taught young adults English at the NGO Manzil.



OUR VOLUNTEERS

ARUNDHATI CHATTOPADHYAYA: Arundhati Chattopadhyaya is an actor/dancer. She has been working with children widening their horizons through books, music, dance & films.

BINA KAPUR: Bina Kapur started her career as a school teacher after which she has worked in the field of manufacturing, sales, travel etc. She has now come full circle with the Bebook programme.

FARAH VAKIL: Farah Vakil is a naturalist and social and environmental activist who currently live in Goa. She works on early education for underprivileged children through rural libraries and performing arts.

JANETTE HUGHES HARDIN: Janette Hughes Hardin has volunteered at many schools and organizations with children in Goa.

JENNIFER MIRZA: Jennifer Mirza has worked in advertising, script research and production for films, documentaries and TV programs.

RENUKA GILBERT: Renuka Gilbert was a successful manufacturer and exporter in an earlier life. She feels strongly and emotionally for those deprived on any front and therefore gives a helping hand through charity work.





OUR MISSION

We believe that a book really does have the potential to change a life. By giving access to books to be read for pleasure, imagination and creative potential can be unlocked. Often children associate books only with academics and they don’t have exposure to the wonder of storybooks. By giving children from underprivileged backgrounds the opportunity to “have a book of their own” for 1 week, they learn to respect and take care of the book, they learn that reading can also be a pleasure and not only a “chore”. When the book is returned, we aim to check comprehension and their education benefits as a result.









OUR OPERATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

Minimal Operating Costs
We currently have 2 part time employees in the organization and a part time driver for the mobile library van. The work is inclusive of administration, organizing the volunteers for each project, keeping fundraisers and partners abreast of the Trust’s activities and assisting in the organization of fundraising events.