Trekking alone through 2.700 km of our gorgeous Vietnam, Nguyen Quang Thach (born in Ha Tinh) still feels happy as every single step has the companionship of those who sympathize and highly appreciate his effort to build bookshelves for children in rural villages.
The "donating book journey" under Thach's program "Books for rural areas" has made a strong spread in the community.
Nguyen Quang Thach has hold "Books for rural areas" idea for 20 years which suppose to build a reading culture in Vietnam rural areas. The program would help children have the equal opportunity to read books su as city children.
|Nguyen Quang Thach (first from left side) at the auction for the program "Books for rural areas" fundraising.
In 2015, Thach had completed a trekking journey to seek for community support and raise the awareness of donating books among society, to brings libraries to the locals.
"As of May 7-2016, there are more than 100,000 members within Vietnam and oversea joined the program. We built more than 10,000 bookcases in 27 provinces and cities ... "- he said cheerfully.
The knowledge gained from book help many students to gather more useful understanding to apply not only in school but in their daily life. Farmer get to know about farming techniques, modern machines....
On September 2016, Nguyen Quang Thach was honored to become the first Vietnamese received the "King Sejong" on UNESCO's literacy in 2016
He said building bookshelves is easy, but building reading culture for children is difficult. Therefore, it requires him and his fellows to keep inspiring children about the need of reading book and all the miracles that book could bring to you.
The project "Calendar recommend reading" is an action to encourage children's love for reading. This project was launched to raise funds for ''Books for rural areas'' program.
He has paid his time, his heath and even blood for this program but it does not stop him from building more bookshelves for poor children. "If one day I have to use a wheelchair to come to people and encourage them, I would be ready. As long as children and people in rural areas have more chance to read book". Quynh Nga