A prison library re-establishment program has been successfully completed at Tulsipur, Dang. “Team NEPO” a youth-led not-for-profit organisation has been working on a project entitled “Pustak Pariyojana” since last 3 years; an initiative to establish prison libraries in all the district prisons of Nepal with an aim of providing a second chance to all the prison inmates, for their betterment, educational upliftment and to establish a reading culture in them, which will ultimately support their re-integration in the society promoting social rehabilitation.
Team NEPO successfully re-established the prison library at Tulsipur, Dang in collaboration with Tulsipur Sub Metropolitan city and handed over 740 books.
Tulsipur prison currently has 525 inmates; 495 men, 30 women and 2 minors. According to Jailor Amar Oli, the prison library which was established a year ago, with only 150 books, and this re-establishment will help to fulfil the prison inmates’ desire to study, learn and support their social reintegration.
Team NEPO’s initiation to bring books to prison has been supported by various well-known writers, physicians and artists; namely, Dr. Rabindra Sameer, Karna Shakya, R. Manandhar, Sumitra Gurung, Neeva Pradhan, Mahendra Joshi, Prof.Dr. Krishna Prasad Poudel and Artist Surakshya Panta, who have aided the campaign by donating books from their end.
“Establishing libraries in prison is not just an initiation of bringing books to prisons, we want to re-establish prisons as corrective centers and books are the most powerful tool to do so. It is our responsibility to ensure that prison inmates have access to resources and information to fulfil their desire to learn, and initiative as such must reach all the district prisons of Nepal. And, in order to make it happen, we call for collaboration, partnership and support from everyone; individuals and organizations. Our initiative is not just for prison inmates; it’s rather for everyone. Reigniting the reading culture among everyone seems necessary at present when everyone is busy working online, spending most of their time surfing the internet, leading us towards the darkness with abstract or no knowledge”, stated Dr. Nigam Paudel, Founder President of Team NEPO, during the program.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief of Tulsipur Sub-Metropolis Maya Acharya said, “Life always gives you a second chance to improve, walk on the right path and learn from your own mistakes. Our doctors have brought this initiative to our location from afar, this good deed will provide everyone an opportunity at life. So, I would like to request everyone to make the most out of this. My heartfelt gratitude goes out to the team for starting this exemplary initiative.”
The program conducted by Ms. Kusum, a member of Team NEPO Dang, was concluded under the chairmanship of Ms. Indira Poudel, District Representative of Team NEPO Dang, witnessed the presence of Mr. Baburam Neupane, Information Officer of Tulsipur Sub-Metropolis, Ms. Aanchal Wagle, Law Officer, Mr. Sabin KC, IT Officer, Dr. Sanju Karki, Joint Secretary of Team NEPO, Ms. Puja Shrestha, Co-District Representative of Team NEPO Kathmandu, security personnels, journalists and prison inmates.
Earlier, Team NEPO has already established prison libraries in 5 district prisons of Nepal; Arghakhanchi, Sayngja, Tanahun, Chitwan and Accham, and aims to accelerate its effort towards prison libraries establishment in all the district prisons of Nepal.