The Bekaa Valley Initiative: Bookwitty x Save the Children
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In proportion to the size of its population, Lebanon hosts the highest number of Syrian refugees in the world. In collaboration with the UNHCR’s Save the Children, we donated books to supply a full mobile library in a refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley.
“Books are very important for children: they expose them to a variety of topics and enhance their knowledge, and help stimulate their imagination. Reading books is also fundamental to motivate children to go to school and learn,” says Save the Children Lebanon’s Award Manager Ahmad Halablab, who is working with his organization to ensure that refugee children are not out of school for more than a month.
Over 800 books for children ages 6 to 14 were chosen by the UNHCR’s Save the Children educational advisors from our extensive multi-lingual book catalogue to answer the pressing needs of a new mobile library. The mobile library concept is already present in other refugee camps in northern Lebanon, but there are none yet in the Bekaa Valley refugee camp.
The objective is to promote education and literacy by providing children, especially those who have not yet attended school, with a wide range of books. “We didn’t have to think twice about helping the UNHCR launch a new mobile library considering that universal access to books is at the core of what we are about,” says Cindy Carvalho, Marketing Director at Bookwitty.
“As avid readers, the entire team at Bookwitty recognizes the importance of reading, not just from an educational standpoint, but also to allow children to be momentarily transported somewhere else; giving them respite from their current situation.”