Overview: Hippocampus Learning Centres establish education centres for rural children at a monthly cost of Rs.60-Rs.100 per child per month.These centres are established by women in the community and operate from either their homes, community spaces like schools or from rented premises. HLC trains these women to run the centres and provides them ongoing support on a continual basis. Through this model they will be able to achieve financial sustainability of the project and will be able to provide children ongoing support. India has 600,000 villages with nearly 150 million children attending schools in rural India. Their dream is to establish 100,000 centres in the next 7 to 8 years which will address the needs of more than 3million children in rural India.
Hippocampus Reading Foundation (HRF) is a section 12A registered charitable trust set up in the year 2004 by the Hippocampus Children’s Experience Centre (www.hippocampus.in). HRF works towards inspiring children from disadvantaged communities to read more by setting up ‘Active Libraries’ in government schools and community centres in partnership with other NGOs.
An integral part of developing such libraries is Grow By Reading, a comprehensive activity based library program designed by us. The program helps excite an interest in reading among children, which in turn leads them to become habitual readers.
They partner with organizations that are already working within the community typically in the field of education to set up these libraries and implement the program. So far they have set up 64 libraries in Karnataka and 1 library in Tamil Nadu. They are currently in the process of setting up 95 more libraries around the district of Tirukoilur, Tamil Nadu.
Here is a small video by HRF