Elizabeth Kelly, a student from australia contacted us inquiring how she can start WLR in her neighbourhood in Sydney where there are many refugees. we followed up with her and sent her material to get her started. WLR has the potential to reach every neighbourhood.
WLR has developed 32 children stories in Arabic that deal with different issues such as environment, social cohesion, disabilities, gender, non violence and refugees. We also conducted research on how WLR can change attitudes in children in collaboration with University of Chicago and Hashemite University which we published in an academic journal.
Neighborhood men from refugee camps encourage women library leaders. Mosque clerics proudly open their doors to women to administer read-aloud sessions and donate funds to buy books. Children have developed a culture of literacy discussing and recommending books and authors to their friends. Older children continue to be readers. Parents inform us that children exhibit higher self confidence and academics and they are likely to buy and read books rather than toys.