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Library on Wheels

Tipitapa, Nicaragua

Library on Wheels

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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.Write a message

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 schools, there are no textbooks. Books are an expensive luxury.
In recent years, varieties of small library projects have started to address this issue to make literature accessible to the wider public. However, benefits of these projects rarely extend further than the immediate neighborhood of the libraries. For many their service is just beyond reach, be it for economic or safety reasons.

Our new project is a “Library on Wheels,” where we will turn a minibus into a mobile library! With different books for all ages, the Library on Wheels will include more than the recent newspapers and periodicals. The Library on Wheels will be equipped for cultural activities, such as making handicrafts, learning traditional dances, theatre classes, and homework help. This way we can spread information to people living in poorer areas of Nicaragua with little means of accessing literature or cultural activities. Here, adults will 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. Furthermore, our guests will be able to take books home for a designated amount of time. All of that for free.

Puente Nica will administer and run the Library on Wheels, provide a continuous service, and ensure its maintenance. However, in order to make all this happen, we need help to buy, furnish, and equip the bus with books, games, newspapers, theater costumes, etc.

Now this is where YOU come in!

Please support us in making this dream a reality that will contribute to the benefit of so many villages in Nicaragua. Every donation, no matter how little, gets us closer to our goal.
With YOUR help, our Library on Wheels project will bring books and their stories into the hands of children and adults, some of whom have never held a book before.

Thank you for taking the time to support us!

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