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New Bai Huong Library

 August 2011

New Bai Huong library - Cham island

The new library

The government building, where we first established the library, has been used more and more used for meetings, the children didn’t had access. We needed to find a solution and it was the best news ever,  my friend offered  to move the library to the living room of her house as she uses the house only for holiday reasons. Her neighbors, Nhi and Lo, will take care of it and make sure the kids can read and play.

There was still quite a lot of work to do, as the house needed some renovations. It was also a great deal to hire some local people and secure them for a while an income.

They did a great work and while Tu and I were on the island we helped painting the house and established the library again.  It was great fun and the kids helped us a lot.

I’m glad to show you our work and the new library in the following pictures!

We are happy because the library finally has it own place and hope the kids will read and play a lot!

Cham islands - the new library and more kids

and more kids comming…


First library on Cham islands: “Every child has the right to read!”

July 2010

First library on Cham islands and every child has the right to read

This is so cool :)

This was the slogan for the opening of our library in 2010. During Vanessa’s 5 month volunteer work in Vietnam with the Degenhardt Foundation we started this project for Bai Huongs library. While the foundation  did the paperwork with the government, Tu collected about 700 Vietnamese books all over the country and Vanessa’s family back home helped getting founds from friends. The government supported our work by giving us a room to use for free.

We had our opening on May 29th 2010, although the works on the building were not finished we had furniture, books and educational toys. The kids and local families were very happy and thankful about our work and effort.

Unfortunately we had to realize this year that the library was not working as we thought. It should have been accessible for the kids, but as the building was manly used for meetings the kids did not have many chance to play and read.

I’m very happy to be able today to say that we resolved the last obstacle in June 2011. We moved the library to a private house, where the children have always access. We still need to do a few works for a small playground in front of the house, but soon we will have the perfect place for Bai Huong’s children to learn and play!

Kids enjoy playing and reading at the library in Bai Huong, Cham island

Kids enjoy playing and reading at the library

I would like to use this opportunity to thank the people who always supported us to realize this project:
My best friend in Vietnam, she wants to be anonym.
Linh from my homestay in Hoi An
The Cu Lao Cham Marine Park Administration Degenhardt FoundationKarmawaters
and at last but not at least Thanks to my parents and the Oberengadiner Fastenwoche Celerina