Touch A Life Foundation (TALF) started by Naresh and Seema Surana will expand its “Books for Change” programme in Pune and adjoining districts .
In 2016, several groups like Sarjan Charity Foundation HongKong, With Love For You Charitable Foundation – Pune, etc. came together to survey, study and donate text books to smaller villages.
The “Book for Change” has specially targeted for 9th and 10th standard students where the dropout rate is high in rural areas.
This year alone the “Book for Change” program has reached 3,000 students with more than 25,000 books being donated . This year the programme will be expanded further in villages near Beed, Satara, Saswad & Junnar informed Naresh and Seema Surana, trustees Touch A Life Foundation at a Press Conference in Pune.
TALF team members Neha Pawar, Riddhi Surana, Manoj Mishra, were instrumental in kick-starting the ‘Books For Change’ project.
Naresh and Seema Surana started Touch A Life Foundation in 2017. They are Indians settled in Hong Kong for the last 20 years and have been doing social work for over 10 years.
The last 5 years they have been focusing on smaller villages of India and specifically surveying the education system available there.
“Touch A Life Foundation is a seed of hope and hard work sowed so that in coming years we can create a platform where each individual who wants to help, who wants to work for the betterment but does not have a proper channel can easily contribute by joining us, “ Naresh Surana said.
“We have a team of volunteers helping us from India, Neha Pawar, Neelima Ladkat, Dimple Somji, Ganesh Zende, Hiren Donda to name a few.”
Seema Surana co-founder adds, “The aim of Touch A Life, by making an online portal is to provide remotely located schools and students the infrastructure to remain connected with us. While the donors, NGOs, schools, volunteers, etc. will be connected to the portal too, we can ensure that our children are provided health care, education and in future, support with employment recruiting, so we can fulfill their dreams and aspirations.”