While the Deepalaya Community Library at Delhi’s Sheikh Sarai has grown significantly in membership in the last one year, it has not escaped us that reading fluency amongst many of our readers lags behind their peers from more privileged backgrounds. In June 2016, a team led by Michael Creighton conducted an assessment of nearly 100 children from the ages of 6-16. The assessment required children to read continuously for 1 minute from selected Hindi texts (suited to their age-group). The total number of words read and the number of errors were noted as well as reading behaviors such as whether students were observed correcting their own errors. This was the basis for evaluating fluency-levels. As computed by Creighton:
Deepalaya is privileged to have donors, who would go an extra mile to help the NGO, without any effort from our end. Ms. Jyoti is associated with our special unit for the last few years when she was working with Pepsico. As she moved from Pepsico and joined the HR department of Unicharm India Private Limited, she endeavored to maintain the warmth she had for Deepalaya Special unit.
In order to engage the employees, Ms. Jyoti invited Deepalaya to organise a stall on July 1 at their Gurgaon office. Nikki, a 13-year old paraplegic child went along with Ms. Sangeeta Kardam and Ms. Jyoti from the special unit for organising the stall. Ms. Sangeeta introduced the special unit to the employees by giving a presentation showcasing a few success stories. Thereafter, she exhibited the beautiful products made by special kids.