At Lakshyam, we have always believed that money is not the only thing that builds a childhood; it is love too. Widely unnoticed, but children develop a strong and deep bond with their toys. In times of loneliness, it is toys that keep us company. Unfortunately, being poor in India is not only lack of money; it is lack of love too. To fill in this gap in their childhood, Lakshyam came up with a brilliant idea of a Toy Library!
Lakshyam set up its first toy library 8 years ago with thousands of toys collected from various schools across Delhi. Now, we have 16 of them throughout the country. When we installed toy boxes at numerous schools and announced our aim, which landed us with thousands of toy all together. These toys were then put up in a library, accompanied with various books and were free for children to play with. Children can access these toys whenever, however they want. Lakshyam’s aim to fill in this void in their lives has been so far successful. With storybooks and toys, Lakshyam wishes for the children to have a normal life without any depravity. And we hope for it to get better with time!
Children now have full access to toys and storybooks, read to them by teachers present at our centers. They no more look at toys with longing eyes, and bottle caps are not their only resort. We teach them the power of sharing things closest to their hearts. And most importantly, to know value what most have learnt to take for granted, a childhood.