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  project name ~ Indradhanush

category ~ education - child




  Project Name





Himachal Gyan Vigyan Samiti



education - child






Himachal Pradesh

  Budget Approved


$ 100


  Year Approved







1   2  

  Chapter Coordinators


Shailja Pathania
Padmashree Ramachandran












Indradhanush contains stories, poems, articles on science and do-it-yourself experiments, aimed at children between six and twelve. Some of the articles are from popular children’s writers from India, while others are adapted and translated from work in other languages. Anshumala, with the help of a network of volunteers, distributes copies of the magazines to schools that pass them down to their students. The magazines cost an amazing Rupees 10 (about 25 cents) per issue or Rupees 100 (less than 3 US dollars) for an annual subscription. The initial response from the children (and their parents) has been extremely encouraging. It is their excitement which keeps Anshumala and her team going.





During Childrens Mela organized by AID-Boston for the Shishubharati in Lexington (www.shishubharati.org), many parents were interested in Indradhanush and donated/subscribed to the magazine.





The aim of the magazine is to build a unique space in children‚s lives, so that children‚s love for it makes it run, children become first its customers, and then slowly evolve into writers, contributors, critics and editors too. The first and foremost objective of the magazine would be to generate an interest in reading in children who have never seen anything good, other than their school books. The magazine must throw challenges to the child‚s intellect and inquisitiveness. Make the child think and question the natural as well as the social world around him/her. The magazine is not going to be a pure science publication, but one which touches all aspects of life, with the subliminal messages of a scientific and humanitarian spirit.



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