Come March, and there is a lot of hustle bustle in schools as it is that time of the year when kids get ready to move to the next grade. Amongst the many things that parents actively look for at this time are efficient ways to recycle old school notebooks and stationery items.
We have put together this article, in an attempt to consolidate places where these items can be donated. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and we would love to update it with the suggestions and input you provide.
1. Shishu Mandir
Founded in 1983 by Hella Mundhra, Shishu Mandir is a children’s home that runs on charity. It works towards the betterment of the children from impoverished backgrounds by providing a caring and supportive environment as well as giving them free education and vocational training to aid employment.
Shishu Mandir also offers a pick-up service if intimated 2–3 days in advance.
2. Youth for Seva
This is a non-profit organisation, which collects notebooks that have unused pages, from across the city and state.
The unused pages will then be rebound and the new notebooks will be given to other students who need them.
The initiative is driven by volunteers who collect the notebooks from apartments, schools, and offices in different parts of the city. Besides Bengaluru, this organisation is also looking to collect books from Shivamogga, Hassan, Mysuru, Sirsi, Davangere, and Tumakuru.
Established by Anshu Gupta in 1999 this organisation has several pick up spots across the city where one can drop off books and stationery. If you live in a condominium, you could also get your children to start a collection drive to ensure that you have a sizeable number of things to drop off.
Goonj is also present in several other cities. Do check their website for more details.
4. Akshara Foundation
Based in Bengaluru, this organisation was founded in 2000. Over the years, more than 85,000 children have benefitted from the programmes conducted by Akshara Foundation. You can drop off the items at their office.
This is an online platform, which works towards making education available to everyone, across geographical and social boundaries.
They make this possible by providing free books to those who have the desire to read, but lack the resources to buy the books.
You will need to fill out the online form and a pick up will be scheduled at a convenient time.
This portal acts like a free classified website which aims to help needy students, who cannot afford to buy books. If you have books that you wish to donate academic books then you could look at the various drop-off locations they have mentioned.
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This service is available for residents of Delhi/NCR and Chennai.
3. Uday foundation
This organisation based in Delhi is completely dependent on donations. They work closely with underprivileged children, children in hospitals, government schools, various other grass-root organisations and charities.
They accept new or used books. They do not have a pick-up facility but their centre is open all 7 days of the week.
Pahel comprises of professionals from different walks of life who believe in creating sustainable livelihoods throughout our rural areas.
This NGO works in areas of education, health and hygiene, and also organises regular camps in neighbourhood slums to give them clothes and other supplies.
They also arrange for pick-ups of donations.
5. Share at Doorstep (SADS)
Anushka Jain is the founder of this organisation based in Noida. Those who wish to donate items to this organisation are required to visit the SADS website and select their location, after which they will be presented with information on the requirements of the non-profits that are SADS’ partners. Once the users find a match, they can schedule a pickup.
1. Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust
This trust has been organising free educational book exhibitions for the last 12 years.
Over 2,000 schools have benefitted from such initiatives and more than 1,75,000 books have been distributed. Books donated by volunteers and general citizens are exhibited here.
To donate educational books, the trust can be contacted and a pick-up can be arranged.
2. Wishing Well
This organisation, sorts books according to language and suitability and donates them accordingly. To donate, one has to mail the description of books to firstname.lastname@example.org, after which a pick-up can be scheduled.
3. Karmayog Foundation
This organisation accepts books all year round. While they are based in Mumbai they have operations in various parts of the country.
They also have various collection points across the city.
4. Green Yatra
If you live in a condominium, then all you need to do is set up a box where people can donate books and stationery for Green Yatra. This organisation also collects all your old magazines and newspapers.
5. Fandry Foundation
Established in 2014, this organisation collects books, notebooks, and stationery and reaches it to tribal people. This is the fourth consecutive year that this organisation is organising a collection drive. They are operational in Mumbai, Ratnagiri, and Kolhapur.