Distribution of books with the help of OCHO project, USA:
Dream India Foundation and Rotary club Gudur in association with OCHO project, USA has taken up the project of promoting book reading among school children. The program took place at Rotary community hall on December 28, 2010. Apart from the 150 children who were the beneficiaries of the project Rotarians and other philanthropists of Gudur town participated in the program.
Speaking on the occasion Marilyn Perlyn, founder of OCHO project and Author of children’s book “The brightest and the lightest” said it was a pleasure coming to this part of the country and participating in the program. She spoke of the work that OCHO project has been doing around the world and how it provides an Opportunity for Children to Help Others. She said the project apart from cultivating the reading habit among school children helps inculcate service mindedness at a very young age. This she said helps them to shape up as better citizens of the world.
Don perlyn said he has very high regard for India and its people. Across the globe he said Indians are known for their competitiveness and Intelligence. He quoted how an ordinary man like Obama went on to become the president of USA and said every child should aim high. The next decade he said belongs to India.
Dream India Foundation trustee Surendra said Marilyn and Don are two wonderful people who share a great passion for the cause of children and Literacy. He said it is a privilege for Dream India Foundation to work with an organisation like OCHO project. He said he looks forward to work with them on more projects in the coming days. He said the Internet and Television has had a huge negative impact on the book reading habit of children. He explained how book reading can enhance one’s creative thinking and help learn from the lives of many eminent people.
All the children were very excited about receiving the books. Most of the poor and downtrodden children who received books on the day do not have any books at home and they said they would treasure those books. Speakers at the function advised them to share their books with other poor children who cannot afford to buy books.