The International Youth Library “vivliomania”, run by the association Young Citizens of the World, opens its doors for underprivileged youth an young refugees in one of the poorest neighborhoods of the city Hania on the island of Crete, Greece. Since the outbreak of the European financial crisis, for most Greeks books have simply not been affordable any longer, and even more those written or published in a foreign language. This is where our English language lending library is stepping in: the collection of several thousand volumes focuses on quality fiction on the one hand, and on history, especially that of WWII and the German occupation, on the other.
All services, provided by volunteers, are free of charge for the participants. They include, apart from the regular lending library services, English language lessons for youth from impoverished families, Greek language lessons for refugees, art and history related youth workshops, intercultural communication workshops, cooperation with schools for children with special needs as well as HIV/Aids prevention.
Due to the crisis, raising money to cover rent and other running costs, approximately 250 Euro monthly, has become extremely difficult, to the point that we simply don't know any longer how to keep things going. Please support our work.
Fischer (vice chair)
Please, find further information on “vivliomania” Hania International Youth Library and the association Young Citizens of the World on our website www.creative-intercultural-dialogue.org.