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Emily Robertson, Final Year English Student, on Katha Projects
Date: 8 May 2012
Katha is an India publishing house that uses literature to promote social change in Delhi's slum communities.The organisation runs a number of schools and women's empowerment groups in and around Delhi. (http://www.katha.org/site/) A few of us visited as part of the Involve International Opportunities Programme and saw firsthand the amazing work being done.We have set up a society to work with Katha to benefit the schools and groups in Delhi but also to bring some of Katha's values to the local community in Lancaster.We have a number of different projects running including:
*A mentoring programme where students at Lancaster can mentor students at the Katha run schools through an online portal. The aim to to make the students at Katha more globally contacted and improve their English
*Women's empowerment: currently working to make advice leaflets for the women's groups in the slum communities to inform them of their rights: such as access to ration cards, which we found many women weren't getting.
*We are raising money for Katha to send some of their students over to Lancaster and to organise a summer school. This will be the first time the children have ever been out of the country and will be an absolutely amazing opportunity for them.
*The local schools project is our most recent project. We are working in partnership with Involve to create reading circles in local schools using Katha books to increase the pupils cultural awareness. The children will be writing their own stories that will then be published and we will have a book launch/cultural celebration at the end of the term.
All news and information can be found by searching 'Lancaster University Katha Project' on Facebook, Following us on Twitter @KathaSocLancs or by following our brand new blog:http://lancasterkathasociety.wordpress.com/
Emily Robertson & Lucy Miller, interviewing the founding director of Katha: https://vimeo.com/41546211
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