用微博客发现需要图书的乡村孩子

最近有这样一篇报道(见下面的英文部分),说在印度的Kolkata这个地方有人用小货车建了一个移动图书室,让周边的孩子能够读上免费的课外图书。这篇报道让印度一家做儿童图书捐赠的NPO的董事看到了,他想给这个图书室捐赠一些图书。可是报道里没有说明移动图书室的联系方式,图书这位董事就在twitter上发布了一条寻人启事,希望能够找到这个移动图书室。

消息发出来后迅速得到了传播,很快就有用户志愿参与寻找工作,并且在一天后上传了相关的照片和联系方式。

我们很多人都有自己的微博客,是不是也可以这种方式去发现需要帮助的学校,或者让学校更方便地发布需求呢?例如:

  • 用户可以在微博上通过一个标签提交自己的个人捐赠,输出到1kg.org社区,由社区的志愿者进行匹配?
  • 1kg.org将学校需求做成rss,输出到twitter和新浪微博的专门帐号上,动员微博用户参与解决学校需求?

How Twitter Helped us Get Books to Kids in Kolkata

Some of you may remember the post we published a week ago about a bunch of kids in Kolkata who went around with a van full of books to reach kids who didn’t have access to books and even went on to teach the kids how to read.

Every Wednesday they drive their mobile library, aptly named ‘Boi Gari’, (Books Van), and distribute the books to children in the rural areas.

After reading about this initiative, our lovely trustee Kanchan Bannerjee volunteered to sponsor some Bengali books if we could find these kids. We mailed the news bureau which published the article, but were unable to get a response. So, we decided to see if the Twitter community could help us.

Gautam John (@gkjohn) sent out the following tweet….

Anybody in Calcutta who can help @prathambooks get in touch with these kids please? http://is.gd/7louG

Within half an hour, several tweeple had retweeted the message and we were hoping that someone could help us. @ashwinsid connected us to @iAmBivas who in turn volunteered to find us the address of these kids. Within a day @iAmBivas got back to us with an address, a contact person and a phone number. Woohooo!
We spoke to Mr.Prasun who is a part of the group that encourages these children and he sent us the following images of the ‘Boi Gari’ (book van).

And as promised, we will be sending a set of Bengali books to the kids today. These books can’t wait to find themselves travelling in this Boi Gari and reaching into the hands of eager readers.

A huge thank you to all the Tweeple (especially @ashwinsid and @iAmBivas) who helped us connect to these kids.

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