Nitin Soni is a Delhi-based author who is playing an active role in the Kalam Library Initiative. The Kalam Library initiative is based on one of the unfulfilled wishes of late former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Dr Kalam wanted to build at least one library in every village of the country for the benefit of unprivileged children. His belief was that the youth in the country should have access to a library as a matter of right.
Dr Kalam was an outstanding scientist, a wise statesman and the most loved inhabitant of Rashtrapati Bhavan. He had many more missions in mind, more dreams to realise before fate took him to a better world. His biggest, yet unfilled wish, was to ensure that each and every child in the country gets touched by the fountain of knowledge and wisdom.
He wanted to open the world of knowledge for them – let them fly, fly high so that they realise that nothing is impossible in life.
The Kalam Library Project opened up many libraries in Tamil Nadu for the under-privileged. In Kolkata, a mobile library was launched. The mobile library moves around the city and gives unprivileged children access to a storehouse of knowledge.
The idea behind the Kalam Library project is to inculcate the right set of values in the children of India from a young age so as to ensure that they become valuable citizens of our great nation.
The person taking forward this project in Delhi is Nitin Soni. This 25-year-old is the Delhi co-ordinator for the Kalam Library Initiative, heading the Delhi chapter of hosting libraries in government and slum schools, by helping to make books accessible to underprivileged children and thus grooming them for a better future.
Known as ‘The Curly Poet’ and honoured with the title of ‘Most Popular’ at Delhi University where he studied English literature, Nitin Soni is a poet, storyteller, script writer & social worker. His writings have appeared in many national and international publications. Nitin’s maiden poetry collection “The Broken Boat” was the number 1 bestselling poetry book on Amazon in 2015.
“Dr Kalam wanted every child to be educated and have access to books. The library is the first step towards his vision. It will be followed by a series of workshops focussing on the career aspirations of the children,” he says.
At every workshop, children read books and also interact with professionals from various fields such as writers, actors, doctors, artists and the like. “Every kid wants to become something. Through these workshops, children will be able to catch a glimpse of what these professions are like,” Nitin added.
In the coming months, more libraries will be set up and a volunteering programme will be started where students from Delhi University will teach these children as part of their internship as well as volunteering programme.
The workshops also take place in Gujarat, Calcutta and Coimbatore as of now but are slated to be expanded to other locations soon.
Delhi is one of the most crucial chapters. In the coming months, more libraries will be set up, Nitin said.