Looking for a way to give back something meaningful this Christmas? Yes, we are too! And that’s why Expat Living has undertaken to sponsor a special tuk-tuk-powered mobile library to spread the joy of reading in needy Cambodian communities – read on to find out what it’s all about, and how you can help.
The idea for the Book Book Tuk Tuk (BBTT) came originally from Andrea Naylor at Singapore’s UWCSEA. Her vision was for a local-friendly vehicle that would go out into the poor villages in the vicinity of the Kuma Cambodia School, 20km south of Phnom Penh – this educational upliftment centre is just one of the wonderful projects of the Norwegian Association for Private Initiative in Cambodia (NAPIC).
It was Majella Skansebakken, owner of the Ni-Night children’s furniture store in Joo Chiat, who introduced the BBTT plans to Expat Living and asked us to sponsor the project. As a result, Expat Living has gladly undertaken to sponsor the cost of building and buying the mobile library tuk-tuk at a cost of just over US$3,000. Majella also managed to get the generous people at Room to Read to sponsor the books. The ingenious design for the BBTT was done by Heloise Jackson, who is the wife of a UWCSEA teacher.
As most of the villagers are illiterate, their children have not experienced being read to, so they have not had the opportunity to develop a love of reading. NAPIC firmly believes that the BBTT project will help them in their work to motivate parents to send their children to school.
You can visit their website to find out more about NAPIC’s valuable work in reducing maternal mortality rates and enhancing the upbringing and educational possibilities for the poorest members of the community.
They Need Your Help!
Sponsoring the building of the Book Book Tuk Tuk is just the start, of course. Now we need your generous help to raise funds for the ongoing operational costs such as the driver’s salary, fuel and maintenance, for at least the next two-to-three years.
Here is a sketch of what the completed tuk-tuk trailer with its 110cc Honda Rex motorbike will look like:
How to donate:
1. Go to the home page of Kuma Cambodia’s website.
2. Scroll down until you see the BBTT design, and click on the Donate Now button.
3. Make your donation, secure in the knowledge that 100 percent of your donation will go directly to this humanitarian project.