The pilot project of Help with Books is to help procure books for the Mundgod Public Library, located at the Tibetan settlement Mundgod in South India. With the generous funding from Tibet House Trust – UK, the settlement has received funds for the first stage of the project – Construction of the Library building. The fund-raising drive for the second stage has begun.
Help with Books is happy to provide a platform where people can help in bringing about a big change in the lives of the children and people living in the settlement.
This Public Library will be the first of its kind in Tibetan exile diaspora in India, and we hope this will have a ripple effect in all the Tibetan settlements in India.
Doeguling Tibetan settlement came into existence in 1966 in Mundgod, in South India under the rehabilitation scheme granted by the Government of India. It was allotted land by the Karnataka State Government for the housing and agriculture cultivation for sustaining the livelihood of Tibetan refugees who settled here. It is the largest Tibetan Refugee settlement in India. Initially there were 4,045 people, but now the population has increased to over 16,000 Tibetans in nine villages and nine monasteries. There are two schools (Class 1 to Class 12) and nine pre-primary schools in the settlement. Student population of the settlement is about 1,200. There are more than 2,500 monks in the monasteries and a nunnery consisting of 250 nuns. Tibet’s two largest monasteries are re-located in Mundgod.
The main occupation of the settlers is agriculture. Since land is very limited for farming, people go out of the settlement to do seasonal small business of selling woolen wears in winter in various cities and towns across India. Their children are left in the settlement under the care of their grandparents.
With the strong student population and young adults, it is hoped that this Library will become an oasis of knowledge and a hub for young people.
Readers Age Group: Since this is a public library, they have readers of all age groups.