Biblio Tap-Tap, mobile library, to serve Haiti's Most Under-Served Population

Haiti is a desperately poor country, the poorest in the Western Hemisphere in fact. Up to 80% of the population is illiterate. So it is interesting to consider the program the National Directorate of Books, National Library, and Libraries without Borders (BSF) is attempting to do to combat the problem.

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On July 12, 2012, the tripartite began the Biblio Tap-Tap Program, a mobile library, which will deploy three jitney buses to several areas in the country. The stop-off points include the region around Port-au-Prince and north and central sectors of Haiti. Jitneys will visit each destination point monthly, with a library of 400 titles for each locale, out of its inventory of 2,400 books. The program is designed to serve the unemployed, youth that have dropped out of school, and the homeless. The literacy program will meet the education needs of approximately 5,000 youth and adults.

Haitian artists and UN representatives have converted the jitneys into a library on wheels, retrofitting and painting them. Service is expected to start in July 2012 and end January 2013.
Director of BSF, Mayerling Pierre, said that ". . . the installation of the mobile library will create new reference points" alluding to the displaced and disadvantaged population the program will serve. The Digicel Haiti Foundation and the European Union have financed the project, along with other agencies. Chief of Staff of the Cultural Ministry, Stanley Joseph, presided over the inaugural ceremony with all involved agencies and organizations in attendance.

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