Sri Ramanand Saraswati Pustkalaya
is situated at about 30 kilometers from Azamgarh on way to Gorakhpur.Important Bhojpuri speaking towns like Varanasi, Gorakhpur Azamgarh, Balia, Mau and
Ghazipur are well within the reach of this library. During last two decades it has become a premier cultural centre of the country. This centre, apart from
other activities, is also engaged in various community development projects. It has been involved in restoring the culture of book reading .Its efforts
have specially helped the neo-literates.
Sri Ramanand Saraswati Pustkalay (srsp), has been active in one of the most backward areas of Uttar Pradesh which is again very down on the ladder of human
development index in India. It is located in village Jokehara of district Azamgarh. Azamgarh, traditionally has been a district without any major
industries and totally dependent on conventional agriculture. The per hectare yield of two major crops of wheat and rice in this area has been almost half
compared to Western UP. The area suffers from ills such as gender and caste discriminations and malnutrition, poor infrastructure and poor facilities of
health and education. When in 1993 this organization came into existence it was supposed to be a small library committed to promote habit of reading, a
small beginning with less than two hundred books with no building of its own and skeleton furniture donated by the villagers themselves. But , gradual
exposure to the problems of the people and area made it very clear to the promoters of the organization that unless we take up the programs related to the
capacity building , sustainable income generation and propagation of values necessary for gender just society mere addiction to books my not help people .
After lot of experience sharing and feedbacks from the community the promoters decided to initially focus on capacity building. Gradually the organization
diversified its activities. From capacity building to skill up gradation - it is a long journey. With the help of theatre and various training activities
SRSP is trying to intervene and make lives of marginalized people more livable
SRSP intends to combat two major biases of the Rural India related to cast and gender which may help creation of a just and equitable social order. It is
committed to the goal of enabling Rural India to live life of dignity and respect.
SRSP works for the sustainable social and economic empowerment of women and dalits. The focus is on rights based approach through which these marginalized
segments of the Rural India are sensitized about the dignity of their human existence. The tools of this endeavor are education, capacity building by skill
up gradation, exposure to the laws of the land and international conventions and creative activities like theatre, music, and painting. . Efforts are also
made to involve these potential groups in such efforts like water conservation, forestry and preservation of oral and written folk traditions which may
enrich their life. Special attention is paid to the improvement of their health and hygiene..