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Mobile libraries for children living in the suburbs and remote villages

Create reading habits and spread key messages in isolated communities

Phnom Penh is expanding daily, and the majority of suburban populations still lives in poverty. Due to the lack of infrastructures such as public libraries most of the communities on the outskirts of Phnom Penh or in the provinces do not have access to books.

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Mini vans, converted into mobile libraries have been crisscrossing Phnom Penh’s suburbs and the surrounding provinces as well as the province of Siem Reap since 2000, providing children with book based activities such as story telling, individual reading, educational games and creative activities as well as a lending scheme for them and their families.

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The library bus’s rounds are facilitated by mobile librarians who have been trained in book-based activity techniques. The library buses serve villages, slums, brick works, primary schools, rehabilitation centres for handicapped children …

In addition to reading activities, mobile librarians also include awareness sessions on different topics: health, hygiene and nutrition, road safety, inclusion of people with disabilities, environment, STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, – which in 2019 became STEAM (Art). In March 2019, a new mobile library was launched focusing on Yoga and Mindfulness, in partnership with Sabrina factory in the province of Kampong Speu. Some 400 children from rural communities surrounding the factory can now practice these ancestral arts, improving the health and well-being of adults and children.

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Furthermore, to reinforce the mobile libraries reading and non-formal education activities in the brick factories, Sipar decided to launch a literacy class for workers and their families - a pioneer initiative in Cambodian brick factories! Based on Sipar's experience in garment factories, the literacy program was initiated in two brick factories offering employees 4 lessons per week on their lunch break, as well as awareness sessions on topics that are relevant to them: parental education, family planning and reproductive health, domestic violence, etc..


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Since 2013, and in particular with the support of the RESPEK Association, a motorbike-library has been travelling the roads of distant Ratanakiri province in the district of Borkeo, offering  access to reading, tutoring and awareness sessions on health to children and ethnic minorities, in particular the Tampuons and the Jarais living in isolated villages.

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Furthermore, in order to guarantee the sustainability of these actions, Sipar has set up a system of boxes of books in the villages which have become autonomous after 3-years of service by the bibliobus.  Local volunteers are selected and trained to manage the book lending system in their communities and Sipar continues to provide books every month.

A few figures

  • 9 mobile libraries
  • 1 motorbike library
  • 84 places visited 3 to 4 times a month
  • 20 boxes of books in the villages
  • 14 000 beneficiaries


Sreynich « I am so happy to take part in the mobile library sessions. Thanks to this, I can improve my reading skills. Moreover, I can borrow books and read them at home with my parents and siblings.»


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