José Rafael is the founder of the NGO Casa de la Cultura. He teaches theater science at the university in Mao. He is concerned about the level of his students. He notices that teachers don't really know how to teach children to read. Reading levels is also an unfamiliar concept to them. He would like to see a change. 

Emma went in August 2018 to the Dominican Republic to teach English in a primary school in Mao. When she wanted to give her colleague a picture book for her birthday, she couldn't find one anywhere. Later she had many conversations with parents and teachers about education. This got her thinking. Once back in Belgium she found more people to help in the project.


Leidy is the enthusiastic president of the socio-cultural association Latinacion that unites people from Latin America and shares Latin American culture in Belgium with anyone who is interested.

Lone came to visit Emma in 2019. During their adventurous journey, she discovered that she feels a huge love for the country and its culture. She had been looking for a project to support. When Emma told her about her ideas for library in Mao, the pieces of the puzzle fell into place.

Janne stayed a few months in the Dominican Republic in 2018 to do research for her master thesis on beneficial soil microbes. That is where she met Emma, who made her realize what an art it is to teach children how to read. Janne loves reading and is a big fan of the concept of a library. Everyone should have access to books!

From an early age Lucienne has been drawn to the written word. She worked in a bookstore for many years. She would like to pass on her enthusiasm and love for books to growing children. "Let's help the kids spark their creativity and imagination so they can immerse themselves in the world of books."