Jaffna, which saw some of the worst fighting during Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war, has been rebuilding since the war ended in May 2009.
And it’s here that we’ve worked with partners to improve the children’s section in the Jaffna Public Library – once one of Asia’s largest – and worked with its tenacious librarians to help promote a vibrant reading culture among children.
Singapore National Library Board’s Amarjeet Kaur Gill was one volunteer who went to help the librarians develop outreach and storytelling programmes, and share with parents on how to inculcate the joy of reading in their children,
Calling the children she met “resilient and determined’, she said to “contribute in a small way to their aspirations and hopes was what made the project personally and professionally satisfying”.
And underlining the two-way nature of our programmes, she added: “The rate of participation of fathers during the programmes was also very encouraging. This joint responsibility of both parents inculcating the joys of reading in their children is something we can learn from Jaffna.”
Siem Reap, CambodiaWater for Life Project (Siem Reap, Cambodia)