Wei Lan Library 微澜图书馆
Wei Lan (Wave, Weilan) Library is a real, non-government, non-profit organisation aimed at building libraries for floating children in China.
What’s the background? #
- There are an estimated 292.51 million rural migrant workers Source: National Bureau of Statistics, 2021 in China’s cities as delivery motorbike-riders, labourers, doorkeepers and other jobs that urbanites avoid.
- The children of this floating population are called floating children or migrant children.
- The families, holding a rural Hukou Hukou, China’s household registration system, which divides the population into two different statuses: agricultural and non-agricultural residency statuses. Yet China provides a wide range of public education, resources in cities, which means only city hukou holders could benefit from, are exceedingly more than schools in rural. and on a tight budget, could only afford low-cost private schools which barely have good education resources, even books.
- The organisation is aimed at helping these children.
- Though some of these schools do receive donations, the lack of teachers and librarians hinders the daily operation of the school library.
- Here, volunteers from Wei Lan Library take the responsibility by spending one or two days a week, sorting books, helping kids find good ones and maintaining a rather safe environment to study.
- They step even further: conduct both quantitative and qualitative research, reach out to publishing houses and enterprises about possibilities to donate, work with press and media, speak out at forums and conferences and so forth.
I’m interested in it! Can I help or donate? #
- Yes! If you are based in China, you are very welcome to be a volunteer on-site to help with the daily operation - this is the key and the heart of the project.
- If you’d like to support public communication, promotion, information disclosure, or anything you can think of and are willing to do, you can always find a place here.
- You can make a one-time donation, join our monthly donation programme (馆东计划), purchase charity goods, or donate books and equipment.
- Read more about the project on our official WeChat account and official website (Simplified Chinese). Drop me a message if you don’t speak Chinese, and I’m more than happy to help you learn more about Wei Lan and also the recruitment process.
Media Coverage in English #
- China Development Brief: Part I, Part II
- China Daily, Library project a novel experience for migrant children