This month we’re putting the focus on a special community project from our parent company Easia Travel Myanmar – the Taungbi Library in Bagan. Established to offer free access to educational materials, the library (which opens outside school hours) is a safe space for local village children to read, learn and play.
Volunteers working to brighten up the library’s garden (left) and two boys sharpening their reading skills (right)
Originally conceived in 2016 in partnership with a German agency, Easia Travel Myanmar has since assumed sole responsibility for the maintenance of the library. In 2019, Easia contributed over USD 800 to the school, funding resources such as books, stationary as well helping with repairs and maintenance.
Easia team members assisting during the official opening of the library
Education is paramount to the development of small communities such as Taungbi. Visits to the library can be incorporated into any active itinerary in Bagan, an experience that will offer an insight into the local community and how education is prized in this fast-developing environment. Easia makes a cash donation for every visitor, to help with maintenance works in the library.
A child’s drawing depicting the value of reading
As a responsible travel DMC and ChildSafe partner, we guarantee that any visit by guests is done in a conscious way, and do not allow unsupervised interactions. Every visit is approved and managed on a case-by-case basis.
A visit to the library is possible on any cycling tour around the world-famous temple sites of Bagan
Our team with members of the local community, at the official opening of the library in 2016
For more information on how to enable your travelers to positively impact local communities while exploring Southeast Asia, contact us directly at [email protected]