Our Outreach Centres


Our outreach centres vary in infrastructure. The mobile library goes to government schools, church schools, and other disadvantaged institutions. 

Bebook has built up a library of donated books, art materials and other workshop materials. Using the Bebook mobile library, the volunteers donate their time and skills to conduct reading workshops at the various institutions and villages.

The reading workshops are structured so as to explore and teach language; introduce various aspects of knowledge and information and also impart values through the reading process, while enabling disadvantaged children to get familiar with books and to become reading-friendly. Some art, theatre and film related activities are also carried on in conjunction with the readings to make the process a more participative one and to test and build on comprehension and memory skills.

Here is a list of our centers:-
Ongoing Project
Government Primary School, Paithona
Government Primary School, Joshwaddo
Our Lady Of Socorro
Union High School, Chimbel
Agarwaddo Calangute
Shishu Bhavan
Apna Ghar
Margaret Bosco Bal Sadan 
Previous Projects
Spandan School
Orlim Village
Calangute
Candolim Acron


Ongoing Projects

GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL, PAITHONA





Our newest Government School is Paithona, comprising about 14 children from class 1 to 4. All of them sit in the same class because of low enrolment. The children here are open to taking initiatives and are very keen to borrow and read. We have reading sessions in Hindi and English. Along with it we have other activities such as arts, crafts and reciting poems. 

Agarwaddo Calangute





Agarwaddo is a big slum located off the Calangute-Arpora road. It is densely populated largely Muslim community with a higher percentage of girls. All the children go either to the Madarsa or Primary Schools nearby resulting in a basic level of literacy in the group. Since we have to function in the open, the number of sessions is affected by the rain. The limitation of the physical space is the primary issue.

Shishu Bhavan





Shishu Bhavan located in Arpora is a day care for underprivileged children. There are 48 students, Pre KG, Lower KG and Upper KG. We visit the School every Week.

Apna Ghar





Apna Ghar is the state run home for children. The Children here are very welcoming. Most of them speak and understand English, though some of them also speak Hindi & Marathi. Every Batch has different age groups.  They are aged between 6 to 15 years. Bebook visits the home every week, with the van to exchange books and to narrate stories and conduct fun activities. They always wait very eagerly for our return.

Margaret Bosco Bal Sadan





This is a home for poor and marginalized children, with a huge number of teenage boys. It is run by the Don Bosco Salesians Priest. All the boys are well versed with English. Over the weeks the boys have been borrowing a lot of books. They have shown an interest in assisted reading in both English and Hindi. The younger ones are still in the beginning stage but they love listening to stories. Every visit they ask for football related books, and enjoy reading encyclopedias as well.

Government Primary School, Joshwaddo





The primary school at Joshwaddo comprises of a two-room structure, of which only one is used as the classroom. Like many other government schools, irrespective of age all the children sit together. There are about 13 children this year. Some of the old girls are now gone and a few new children have joined including a pre-schooler. Children here are enthusiastic and eager to read. Although, the school is Marathi medium, they try their hand at Hindi, Konkani and English. They are currently reading basic picture books and bilingual books.

Our Lady of Socorro





We are working with a larger group at Sucorro since the enrolment is twice as much as the last academic year. There are many new children. The ratio of boys and girls is 50-50. It is interesting to note that the children here read in different languages though all of them have picked up Konkani in school. Kanada, Marathi and Hindi are the popular choices of language.

Union High School, Chimbel





Chimbel has a mixed group where we do a combined session with the children. The literacy level is much lower here, so there is a stronger focus on storytelling and literacy in other forms. The school is noisy, chaotic and lacks basic infrastructure. However, they are extremely enthusiastic and eager learners. These children are used to copying drawings made by the teacher in their class, or from books. Teaching them to break away from those patterns has been challenging.

Previous Projects

Spandan School
(Run by an independent trust)





Spandan School is an afterschool established in 2007 for the purpose of helping out Children with learning and other disabilities. The School is run by Dr. Marita Adam who is a Doctor by profession. Bebook visits Spandan School every alternate week with the mobile library. The School no longer functions. 

Orlim Village
A village in South Goa





Bebook visits Orlim on alternate Saturdays each month with the lending library. The local Panchayat contacted us, when the Sarpanch heard about the work we do, asking us to visit the village. We felt that this was an opportunity to reach rural children who would not have easy access to books.

Calangute





Children from the neighbourhood of Calangute visit the library on every Tuesday. The library has been very helpful to them with a lot of reference books that provide them with a load of information which they use for different assignments and projects at their respective Schools. They are also very fond of the various board games in the library and often after exchanging their books they spend some time playing before going back home.

Candolim





Bebook visits a part of the Acron construction site at Candolim on every alternate Monday. The children here are aged between 4-6 and have their parents working at the construction site. They’ve been provided with a small space near the site where a teacher has been appointed to take care of the children. Bebook along with its volunteers help the children with the basics of language and reading. They take along with them a lot of beginner’s story books and toys and make sure the children get an atmosphere of an actual classroom.