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Library on Wheels

Tipitapa, Nicaragua

Library on Wheels

Tipitapa, Nicaragua

A book is a dream that you hold in your hand (Neil Gaiman). In Nicaragua, books are a rarity. Help us to make books, newspapers and schooling available to the people living in Nicaragua's remote and poor neighbourhoods.

Karen F. from Puente Nica e.V. | 
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About this project

A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.
–Neil Gaiman
In Nicaragua, books are a rarity. Reading is not a common habit, and a good education is a privilege for the rich. Many of the people will never have the chance to call a book their own. Even in public schools, there are no textbooks available. Books are an expensive luxury.

In recent years, many small library projects have started to address this issue and make literature accessible to the wider public. However, benefits of these projects rarely extend further than their immediate neighborhood. For many their service is just beyond reach, be it for economic or safety reasons.  The “Library on Wheels”  
is mobile and can hence even reach people living in poorer and more remote areas of Nicaragua that otherwise have little means of accessing literature or cultural activities. 

The “Library on Wheels” has turned a small Pick-up into a mobile library! It has chairs and tables, books for all ages, newspapers, board games and pens and paper on board. The Library on Wheels is also equipped for cultural activities, such as making handicrafts, learning traditional dances, theatre classes, and homework help. Adults have the choice between reading local classics, taking a language course, or simply playing a game of chess while socializing. Children can play board games, listen to someone reading a story, and get help with their school work. And all our guests are able to take books home to read. All of that for free. 

Now this is where YOU come in!

With YOUR help, our Library on Wheels project can continue to bring books and their stories into the hands of many children and adults, some of whom have never held a book before.

Thank you for taking the time to support us!