The Jumma Library & 6months Later…
On September 30th of last year, a small library was donted to the JPNK (The Jumma People Network-Korea) in Kimpo, Kyunggido. With Human Asia as the main contributor, the successful establishment of the Jumma Library was only possible thanks to Biryongso and Kinderland, who donated more than 2,000 books, Monami, who donated stationeries, and Medi Peace, a Global Health Care NGO, who papered the walls of the library.
The foundation of the Jumma Library was meaningful not only because it helped advance the status and position of Asian human rights in Korea but also because the library gave substantial assistance to the Jumma people. Human Asia interviewed the former director of JPNK, Ronel Chakma Nani, to ask what the library means to the Jumams and how their lives changed.
1. What do you think changed the most after establishing the library?
An environment of education has been created. Many children guardians are being allured to think about the positive mental growth and the future of their children. The office is felt like not only a community organization as before; it is now a center in which our future is closely related.
2. How is the library generally used? Do children use the library often?
-Reference for language classes and children weekend classes. However, most adult Jummas cannot have enough time to use the library except on the weekend.
3. Which book is most popular among the Jummas?
- Korean language books to the adult. Comics to the Children.
4. How can the Korean society be more of help to the Jummas in Kimpo other than establishing the library?
Simple but durable and sustainable program in which Jummas can engage themselves without any risks regarding their professional job, time and family life. Creative Cultural sharing, professional training for adult, programs encouraging the children to learn their own culture so that they take pride in own culture, and don’t feel inferiority in the Korean Society though they have little knowledge of Korean culture.