Development in the 21st century demands access to information – farmers need to connect to new markets, entrepreneurs need to find capital to start businesses, health workers need access to research to provide up to date care to patients. What these groups have in common is a need for information and public libraries can provide the answer. Public libraries, if properly supported, offer their users access to resources which can help improve their economic and social well being.
I report on a trip where I volunteered for two organizations: SEEDS (Sustainable Econ. and Edu. Development Society) and Pratham USA. I thank Intel Corp. for partially supporting my participation and paper presentation at the International Symposium on Electronic System Design (ISED) conference mentioned below.
Project Topics covered are:
- Berhampur Public Library site
- Phailin project in Rangailunda block/Garampeta
- Two Bolangir villages where Pratham work is on-going (no direct support of SEEDS)
- Kalinga Ashram for tribal orphan boys (no direct support of SEEDS)
- ISED-2013 conference in Singapore
- SEEDS scholarships for needy, meritorious post-secondary students from cyclone/flood-affected regions
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