Project information

CAIRN Libraries

To share the joys of books and reading among the poorest children in Nepal through the provision of libraries.

To inspire teachers through the provision of training and educational resources for staff working in rural areas.

To provide a hub for reading and learning for rural communities.

September 2015 - September 2016

Charity information

The CAIRN Trust (Child Aid In Rural Nepal)

The CAIRN Trust (Child Aid In Rural Nepal) logo
  • Need


    Libraries in rural Nepal continue to be scarce and those which do exist are poorly resourced. Books are deemed valuable items and the few books available are often locked away as prized possessions.
    Pupils still learn via the rote method and have no books from which to gain inspiration or to learn from.
    Teachers lack the books & teaching resources essential for their development and also for inspiring themselves and their pupils. Adults & elders in the community are also hungry for books.


    CAIRN will open the doors to books and the love of reading by building CAIRN Libraries in some of the poorest rural communities.
    We will equip the libraries with between 1,000-3,000 dual publication, age relevant books. Libraries will also contain valuable learning resources e.g. puzzles & games.
    We will also train up and develop two librarian staff per school to teach people to read and ensure sustainable Library management by the community.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a safe and solid home for books and to the joys of learning.


    » CAIRN will build safe and secure Library rooms, with brightly coloured walls and inspiring posters.

    Success will be 35 CAIRN libraries in 35 rural communities

    Aim 2

    To inspire the joys of reading amongst pupils teachers and community members


    » CAIRN will provide between 3,000-5,000 dual language Nepali and British age relevant books

    Success will be CAIRN Libraries fully stocked with age relevant and language relevant books.

    Aim 3

    To train and develop a team of librarians and support staff to teach literacy and manage the library


    » By delivering a three year training programme so that the library is effective and can continue once CAIRN has left

    Success will be a team of 70 trained librarians & 35 successful and sustainable Library projects

  • Impact


    Improved literacy rates and School leaving certificate results.


    Lack of funding - So far we have built 30 out of 35 Libraries

    Lack of commitment from the communities - we only work with communities who take ownership of the project from the onset

    Lack of ownership post CAIRN's exit - we establish Village Development Committees (VDC) who commit to the on-going management of the library

    Cultural changes in the creating the open door policy - training and development helps to overcome this


    Via our website on a termly basis

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £35,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Construction of 5 new secure buildings
      £12,500 Equipment Provision of all books and resources
      £7,500 Implementation training of 50 staff,transportation and monitoring
  • Background


    Rural Village Communities across Western Nepal


    7500 people within the communities

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Expertise within the organisation on library procedures
    Long history working within the education sector
    Good in-country relationships & strong cultural understanding

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Bal Kashi Gurung

    Library Development Officer