My name is Laila. My husband opposed the idea of We Love Reading at first, but as I started having WLR sessions, he changed his mind and began to encourage me to continue. Today, I read to the children inside my caravan (the temporary building I live in inside the refugee camp).Read more...
Abdel Aziz heard about We Love Reading through Islam and science website, and through Libraries without boarders’ conference where he met WLR representative “Nour Doukman” was giving a presentation about We Love Reading Initiative.Read more...
• Adults ask storytellers to read to them too.
• Number of children in a reading sessions has jumped from 15 to 56 in a few weeks.
• The children borrow books from IRD libraries in the camp and choose the titles that they like.
• The effects of reading aloud to children in Za’atari:
The children became more confidence and overcame shyness
They are more cooperative among each other and in the community
Their imagination expanded
Children come to reading sessions because they enjoy them
Children act out stories
Children take care of plants like characters in stories do.
• Some mothers wouldn’t send their daughters to reading sessions but fathers would encourage them to go
• Before many children wouldn’t go to school, now they go because they want to learn how to read
• Fadi S. has also told us the story of a girl who’d go missing at certain times of the week then her family has found out that she goes from district to district (which is a very long way) to listen to Fadi read stories. When her father knew about this he offered to walk her to the reading session.
• Storytellers themselves would borrow from libraries when they needed more books
• Fadi W. reports that he started with three books until his books came. He started with 6 children and now has 40. His wife helps him in reading.
• Emad, a dedicated young man from Za’atari has told us about his nephew who lives in Amman, but begs his mother to go to Za’atari to listen to his uncle read stories!
• The number of books lent by one IRD library per day before WLR was 36 books a day. After WLR it jumped to 96 per day
We Love Reading started its training sessions inside the refugees’ camps (Azraq and JEC) through some partner organizations in May 2016. Life inside the Azraq camp is different from that of other camps that WLR works in because the refugees inside the Emirati camp already are supplied with their basic needs and their life is easier than in other camps, but they cannot gather or express their opinions. The refugees inside the Azraq camp, on the other hand, are suffering from poor conditions such as water shortages, no electricity, and unfit shelters, and these circumstances comprise another challenge for WLR.Read more...
Mohammad Amin Hussain from Adama Ethiopia was watching a documentary about we love reading on EuroNews Documentary channel when he felt like participating in the initiative so he looked up "we love reading" website and sent an email to “we love reading” initiative where they replied to his email with a manual on how to start a library of his own and how to read aloud.Read more...
Asma’a Rashed is a Syrian woman who was trained with WLR on the art of reading aloud to children in May, 2014. Asma’a has always lived in Dar’a, Syrian, but has been living in Za’atari Camp in Mafraq, Jordan for a year because of the crisis in Syria.
Since day one of the training, Asma’a has shown great enthusiasm for the idea of reading aloud to children. Two days after the training she was calling the WLR staff to tell them how much the children enjoyed the reading sessions.
My name is Rama Khouri and I am 18 years old. I heard about the WLR training through the Alamani Association who had given WLR a list of people to contact, including me. This training was amazing and it brought up so many new ideasRead more...
We Love Reading has spread beyond countries and beyond ages and it is becoming unlimited.
Raoudha Mahjoub is a woman in her fifties from Tunis. Raoudha’s life is a success story on how having a passion in life could help you overcome your obstacles. Raoudha has always liked reading and writing as she grew up in a house that celebrated literacy, and she has moved this passion to her children by reading aloud to them. After getting her diploma, Raoudha started teaching. She would read aloud to the children and help them read themselves too. She also urged them to memorize texts in class. She held debates in class about stories that were read, and children were asked to read and each had his/ her writings.
Rana Sadaqa has joined WLR’s network of readers on November, 2013 by attending a training workshop on the art of reading aloud to children and how to establish a library in her neighborhood in Aqaba.
Rana is a mother of four who holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, but her circumstances have stood against her ability to get a job and fulfill her potential.
With WLR, Remal Mosque has become an incubator of the love of reading where 70 children gather to listen to Rana read stories.
Marcela is a retired school teacher in BA, who were told her about WLR and got excited that she checked WLR website and sent us a message on Facebook, where WLR sent back the material as a guideline of how to establish a library and read aloud for children, she now has two different age groups (6-8) and (16-18).
Marcela reads every week in one of the centers where children borrow books from one of the public libraries, although the public libraries are full of books, no one is reading any but when Marcela started reading for children they became excited to borrow books from public libraries.
Marcela held a story-telling festival to encourage children to use their imagination to write stories and in return she gave them certificate for that.
The percentage of men trained as WLR storytellers is smaller than the percentage of women. However those few young men are tapping into unknown territories and discovering things that seem unusual in the eyes of society and outside their own comfort zones.
The young men trained in Za’atari have proved to be more efficient than some of the women trained, more capable of holding read aloud sessions in several places in a week and even performed better as storytellers.
Nabeela (Umm Ahmad) a grandmother to three grandchildren, has started her life-changing journey when she joined one of We Love Reading’s Training workshops on the art of reading aloud to children in October, 2013 and established a library in her neighborhood in eastern Amman. Nabeela says, “I married young so not to pursue further studies as I hated reading. I could have never imagined that one day, I’d establish my own library, and children would knock my door all the time because they want me to read them a story.
“ The support that I have received from my family was phenomenal, especially from my husband, who never stopped encouraging me not only to read, but actually to get creative in the voluntary work I was doing.Read more...