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BOOKS + LITERACY PROJECTS
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Sarah's Rural Libraries
PERU We are delighted to share that WaterBridge Outreach has a new literacy project in South America! We are working with Sarah's Rural Library - Bibliotecas Rurales to help them in their mission to bring books and education to impoverished people of the Andes in Peru.
Learning Centre Literacy Lab
TANZANIA A grant from WaterBridge Outreach is enabling The Foundation for Tomorrow to establish an innovative Literacy Lab in their new state-of-the-art Learning Centre, a first-of-its-kind community hub in Arusha. Completion date scheduled for June 2023.
During the pandemic our priority was to assist our partner organizations with their immediate needs - providing the basics of life (food and water) to families in their communities. All of us strugged during this unprecedented time but for those already living on the brink of life, in poverty, without food security, without access to healthcare, and without access to clean water (to drink and to wash hands), with minimal (if any) government support, the need was especially acute.
Library at Srayang Learning Center
CAMBODIA Following upon the success of the construction and equipping of a library for Romchek Primary School in Cambodia, we engaged in a 2nd project with with Ponheary Ly Foundation (PLF): the funding for a vital, much-needed library at Srayang Learning Center. Srayang Learning Center is specifically geared to students in grades 7 - 12 and provides various enrichment programs to students to succeed through high school.
The Merasi School
RAJASTHAN, INDIA The children of the Merasi School are considered untouchable. As such they are denied access to most education. Since 2010 WaterBridge Outreach has been working to put books into the hands of Merasi School students.
Knar Community Library
CAMBODIA This library ended up being completely different from anything PLF had done previously. While it still serves older students, the library has drawn in a totally unexpected group hungry for books and literacy. By listening closely to this "new market" (composed of mostly young mothers and grandmas: literate but not well educated) theand grandmas: literate but not well educated) the library space has been transformed into something completely unexpected and truly wonderful!!
Umeed the Camel Library
PAKISTAN WaterBridge Outreach is excited to be part of ALBBS camel mobile libraries project. Umeed (Hope), the sixth camel library, sponsored by WaterBridge Outreach commenced delivering books and literacy materials to children in Kohlu, Balochistan in July 2021.
Publishing Books in Kiswahili
TANZANIA An initiative of Writers for WaterBridge Outreach Book is publishing books in the native language of communities with limited teaching and learning resources, and where any access to books is especially difficult. The first completed project was the production of 8,000 booklets in Kiswahili in close collaboration with Melissa Queyquep of The Foundation for Tomorrow in Tanzania.
The Literacy Kitchen Project
KENYA The Literacy Kitchen building is located in the Literacy Garden where students learn how to grow and harvest food using small scale sustainable bio-intensive gardening techniques. The Literacy Kitchen provides an indoor location where students can develop their language and numeracy skills, self-expression and self-esteem by reading, writing and following recipes during cooking sessions.The building will also be used for poetry, storytelling and writing workshops.
Romchek School Library
CAMBODIA Working alongside Ponheary Ly Foundation, WaterBridge Outreach financed the construction and equipping of a library for Romchek Primary School in Preah Vihear Province.The library building is two stories and, with the school rapidly growing with 235+ students in grades K - 6, the ground floor provides much needed additional classroom space.
2nd Dagdag Dunong Reading Center
PHILIPPINES WaterBridge Outreach worked with Dagdag Dunong Reading Center to construct a reading/literacy center for indigenous and impoverished Mangyan children residing in Baco, Philippines. This is our 2nd project with Dagdag Dunong, the first being the Jeepney of Hope mobile library.
Now Africa Library
UGANDA With help from WaterBridge Outreach and Writers for WaterBridge, Now Africa Initiative was able to purchase books and build furnishings to begin the first step in completing the long-anticipated Now Africa Library at Karama Education Center.
Library In a Box
PAKISTAN WaterBridge Outreach has provided financial support to the Alif Laila Book Bus Society in Lahore, Pakistan to purchase new books to be included in their Library In a Box project. This project will result in 640 boxes of books being distributed to rural schools without libraries in Pakistan.
TAMIL NADU, INDIA This motorbike mobile library serves villages in a remote rural area south of Chennai. Mr. Venkatesan is the librarian-teacher who takes the books from one village to another on his 100cc motorbike
PHILIPPINES With funding provided by WaterBridge Outreach, the Dagdag Dunong Reading Center has launched a mobile library - the Jeepney of Hope to bring books + literacy materials to impoverished indigenous children in remote areas of the Philippines.
Tuition Center Roof
TAMIL NADU, INDIA A second initiative that was enabled by JosephJoseph participation in the London Color Run (see Anna Nagar water project) was a partial reconstruction of the Kazhanipakkam Assembly Hall to include a steel sheet pitched roof over the whole building and the installation of lighting and security gates. This area provides additional space for children attending the free tuition (tutoring) school located on the main floor.
Free Tuition (Tutoring) Centres
TAMIL NADU, INDIA WaterBridge Outreach provides books + literacy materials to after-school (free) tuition centers run by Save INT'L near Mamallapuram, India. These centres play a vital role not only in helping the children learn English, but also in preparing them for their national 10th grade exams and future life.
Alif Laila Book Bus Society
PAKISTAN Alif Laila Book Bus Society is a NGO working to promote quality education, reading and libraries for children in Lahore, Pakistan. We are delighted to be able to partner with them and assist them in bringing books + literacy materials to the children they serve.
Dignity for Children Fdn.
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA Teaching and learning through stories and storytelling are at the heart of the curriculum at Dignity for Children Foundation, a school on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur that serves disengaged children from underprivileged families in urban and rural areas. Join us in adding much needed books to their classroom book corners!