THE BOOK FOR A BOX PROGRAM

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
- Nelson Mandela

Toka Box teams up with Pratham Books and Youth for Seva to send a box of 100 books to a school library in India, for every 100 boxes shipped!
Your subscription now has a added benefit of making a difference in a child's life!

Packing the boxes and shipping out to kids to enjoy got us thinking, why don’t we extend the same joy and love for books that we experience by sending out well-made books to schools that need them? So started our A Book For Every Box mission in partnership with Pratham Books. For every Toka Box we ship, we will set aside one book from Pratham Books’ vast collection of great books in English as well regional Indian languages to be shipped out to a school we identify.

When you subscribe to Toka Box, you can be assured that every box that your child enjoys, there will be a book that a child in India will open to experience a brand new world!

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Government School, MV Badavane, Hoskote (outskirts of Bengaluru)

Classes: 1st Standard -8th Standard
Strength : 720 students
Background of parents: Work for daily wages - farming and construction
Books were in Kannada and English

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. ― Margaret Mead

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Kalam Centres, Hyderabad

These are learning centres run by Kalam foundation in Old City, Hyderabad. Most students here go to Government schools, but few only work in the day and attend the centres in the evening. 15 such centres cater to 450+ students in the most needy areas. Library books will be made available to all these children.
Background of parents: The men in the family usually drive autorickshaws or go as construction labour. There are also few who only depend on income of the women and kids. Mothers work for daily wages at stores engaged in bangle making and embroidery.
Books were in Hindi, Urdu and English.

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life. - Henry Ward Beecher

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Panchayat Union Middle School, Chemmenchery
32, Amarar Jeeva Street, Tambaram Sanatorium, Chennai

Students - Class 1 to 8
Parents Background - Daily Wages
Chemmenchery is a resettlement area for slum dwellers and Tsunami affected people. It was constructed by Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board and is situated 30 kms away from the Chennai City. The inhabitants are people relocated from the coastal areas of Santhome and other city slums and comprises of 6700 families with around 25000 inhabitants.

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. -Malala Yousafzai

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Vivekananda Vidyapeetha, TadategaNuru, Near Kalburgi, Karnataka

Age group of childern - 10-17 years (Classes 5-10)
No. of students - Approx 800 (150 girls)
Parents Background - Children of shepherds, nomads
The founder Swami Maheswarananda goes around villages to convice their kids and gets them to this residential school.

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. –Margaret Fuller

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Ramakrishna Sarada Devi Vidyashala, Kalludi, Gowribidanur, Chikkaballapur district, Karnataka

Students - Nursery - 10th
Parents Background - Agriculturists

Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you. –Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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Pramila Modi Kanya Junior High School, Hasmukhpuri, Modinagar

Students - 250. Co-ed till 5th standard. 6-8 standard- only girls
Background - Parents are mostly daily wagers, some are also rag pickers.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. –Dr. Seuss

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Shishu Mandir Charitable school, Noida Sector-2

Students - 400 , 1st to 8th standard
Background - Parents work as sweepers, guards, peons etc..

So many books, so little time. –Frank Zappa

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Ahilya Bai Learning Center, Noida

Learning centre at, Noida Sector-71 Students - 170 ,1st to 8th standard
Background - Children of construction labourers

Books are a uniquely portable magic.. –Stephen King

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Dogri Ropa Government School, Thirthan Valley

Dogri ropa government school caters to a number of villages in the tirthan valley between Banjar and gushaini. It is situated in Gaidhar.

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. –Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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Oriental Public School, Noida

After-school learning centre run by YFS in Shramil Kunj area, Noida Sector-122 No. of students: 65
Background: Children of daily labourers

A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. –Neil Gaiman

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Residential School, Subramanyapura, Bengaluru.

The school has 100 students from underprivileged families in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, especially from single parent and no parent homes. The books were in Kannada and English.

Books are a uniquely portable magic. ― Stephen King

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Vanavasi Sewa Prakalpa, Thuamul Rampur, Kalahandi

Kalahandi is one of the tribal districts of Odisha. The tribes Kandahar, Paraja, Kul, Dora inhabit the region and their livelihood still depends on the jungle. Our 4th set of 100 books was entirely in Odisha.

• Student’s Strength: There are 164 students studying in this school (Class 1st to 7th) • There are 98 students in the hostel. Students are given meals thrice a day. They are also provided with Books, Notebooks, Pens, Blankets, and School Uniforms etc. free of cost.

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. ― Mark Twain

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Navajagaran Mandal School, Bankar Village, Firozabad

We shipped our third set of 100 books in hindi and english to the Navajagaran Mandal School, Bankar Village, Firozabad. This is on the outskirts of Agra.

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest - Ben Franklin

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SD Vidyalaya, Noida

We shipped our second set of 100 books in hindi to the SD Vidyalaya School in Khora Colony, Noida. The total number of students in this school is 700 from grade 1 to grade 8. Students from nearby area attend the school here and most of their parents are Industrial labourers.

Basic education links the children whether of cities or villages, to all that is best and lasting in India - Mahatma Gandhiji

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GMPS, Jakkur

We shipped our first 100 books in kannada and english to the GMPS school in Jakkur. Jakkur is a rural area on the outskirts of Bengaluru. Students from nearby slums attend school here. Parents are daily wage labourers, including auto drivers etc. The school has 361 students and classes from grade 1 to grade 7. We are so happy that the volunteer ShobhaJi (a retired professional) received the books and distributed it right away. Also, the school organized a Saraswati Puja in view of the same. :) 100 books mean a lot to them.

Education is a gift that none can take away - American Proverb

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