Since 2014, Bibliothèques Sans Frontières (Libraries Without Borders) has worked alongside refugees and anybody who is vulnerable, displaced, or isolated. Using their Ideas Box, an innovative multimedia library, Bibliothèques Sans Frontières has helped refugee children around Europe and the Middle-East, from camps in Burundi, Jordan, and Palermo, Italy to shelters in France. Our next program, beginning very soon, will bring the Ideas Box to camps in Bangladesh, where the Rohingya refugees are currently suffering through monsoon season.
Augustin Trapenard, Goodwill Ambassador for BSF and a well-known French Radio and TV host, declares that “Confronted with the singular and complex situation that refugees face, Bibliothèques Sans Frontières knows how to respond to a type of emergency that is not well-known enough: the urgent need for a safe space where refugees can rediscover and reconnect with the world, where they have the means to think of the future and begin to reconstruct their lives.”
Everywhere, our mission is to bring knowledge where it is needed, and information where it is vital for the construction of a better future. In all its locations, the Ideas Box becomes a center of life and discussion, a place where people can meet after the trauma of exile. It is a place where one can rebuild his or her life, and imagine a better future.
On June 20th, Bibliothèques Sans Frontières and its team is joining with two of its partners (UNHCR and the City of Paris) to mark World Refugee Day in Paris, France.
Bibliothèques Sans Frontières will set-up two Ideas Box in two different locations in order to showcase how we respond to the different difficulties that refugees face. At the same time, visitors will be able to meet, and be inspired by, those who are refugees or exiles.