With the aim to help children in disadvantaged districts across the country have book to widen their minds, a group of young people took the initiate in establishing reading book program to the community named Vietnam Running Book.
After one year establishment, the program has set up seven book shelves in disadvantaged districts in the Mekong delta province of Ca Mau, the highlands province of Lam Dong and the central province of Quang Nam.
Nguyen Minh Tuan, one of the program’s founders, remembers that in these first days of establishment, founders have difficulties in collecting books and finding a place to put book shelves and active managers.
After searching some places, they decided to choose parochial church Thien Loc in Lam Dong Province where over 300 children from farmers and traders usually go to. The church has a 65 squared meter room and priests supported the program.
Following the success of the first book shelve Lam Dong Province, the program founders made a tour through the country in searching for proper places on February, 2014. Six months later, they brought over 2,200 books and comics to Thien Loc Church.
In addition, they set up four additional reading book room in Ca MauProvince with 5,000 various books and five other rooms in central provinces.
In addition to collecting picture books, literature books, foreign language books, textbooks, reference books for all grades, the program also call for contribution of equipments and cashes. Realizing that it is not enough to set up reading book rooms in province, the program founders organized extra-activities including talks about book themed “ What we learn from books”, picture exhibition named “ My Day Project”.
Recently, two reading book rooms have been inaugurated in Quang Nam Province; one locates in Phuoc Thanh Pagoda in Dai Loc District and one in teacher Vo Thi Quang’s house in Que Son District.
The program plans to set up three additional rooms in Quang Nam province and in the northwest provinces and one in Ho Chi Minh City’s suburban district.
The program hopes to receive cooperation from young people to multiply the model to more districts across the country.