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"Library of Goodness" in Kulundu village, Batken region

"Library of Goodness" in Kulundu village, Batken region

In April 2017, Apake Foundation launched a project to support a rural library in Kulundu village, Batken region. Kulundu is located  on the border with Tajikistan. The inhabitants of Kulundu are not spoiled by the benefits of civilization, there are issues with hot water and light(electricity), as well as with access to the Internet. But there is an amazing place in Kulundu - the village library and an amazing person -- Tazagul Musayeva. She works as the director and the librarian.

Tazagul and library readers are the heroes of our project. Despite all the difficulties with keeping up the old building and with the lack of funding for purchasing of new books, Tazagul managed to keep the library and make it a cozy and soulful place attracting inflows of local readers. Every day, the modest rural library is visited by children and adults, they exchange books regularly, read newspapers and magazines, and communicate with each other. Everyone is happy to be met by an attentive and caring Tazagul, who shares knowledge, information and warmth with the readers. From time to time Tazagul goes to Bishkek or other cities, where she buys books with modest available funds. People like Tazagul  are the heroes among us!

We decided to support the library in Kulundu village and the work of Tazagul Masayeva and purchase the necessary books, provide the library with a computer with Internet access, a subscription fee for six months, as well as equipment for heating the room in winter. The Foundation also participates in the competition among schoolchildren for the best illustration for  school program literature and fiction. We plan to award the winners of the competition and organize a trip for the winners and the Library Director to Bishkek, where they will have a cultural program and participation (for Tazagul) in the annual International Conference of Librarians held in October 2017 in the Kyrgyz Republic.

This initiative was supported by our fellow citizens who donated their books to the office of the Foundation. As a result, about 400 books  were collected from Bishkek residents for reading by schoolchildren and adult visitors of the rural library.

Our pilot project in Kulundu village has come to the completion!

From the link below you can find out the details: