Comment from the Ambassador
There are clear incentives to helping vulnerable populations achieve literacy as well as the promotion of health, nutrition and water management campaigns. The project is working so well that the SIPAR team in Phnom Penh would like to add a second Bibliobus with a program for teenagers and adults.
Wedig von Gaudecker (retired Comgest founder) believes that the second Bibliobus project would be a good opportunity for his foundation, The Fondation Luciole, to join forces with the Comgest Foundation. He offered to co-sponsor this project, which has been approved by The Comgest Foundation for 2019.
This project targets brickyard workers’ families in the suburbs of Phnom Penh. There are three levels of project activities: 1) a weekly mobile library for children, which offers animations around books as well as book lending to children and adults; 2) educational tutoring activities in collaboration with local primary schools; and 3) a monthly “health” mobile library that offers a health, nutrition and hygiene awareness campaign for children and adults.
Based essentially on developing reading and fighting against illiteracy, SIPAR has been working since 1982 in all of Cambodia’s regions with one unique objective: make books an educational lever, transport them and make them accessible to the most underprivileged populations
Impact / Main indicators
• Bibliobus visits to four suburban villages twice a week
• Beneficiaries: 540 people, including 142 children who do not attend school
SIPAR Phnom Penh