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One Bag, One Book

One Bag, One Book (OBOB) aims to spread a reading culture among migrant workers living in Singapore. Bangladeshi migrant poet Zakir Hossain Khokan and his friends started this initiative in 2015 to bring books to migrant worker dormitories. OBOB encourages everyone to carry a book in their bag as they go about their daily lives, and in doing so, read a page every day. Since its conception, OBOB has organised a variety of activities including book distributions, exchanges, and donation drives.

BOOK DISTRIBUTION

We distribute books directly to dormitories and public spaces frequented by migrant workers.

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BOOK EXCHANGE

At our events, participants are invited to bring a book, share a paragraph from it and exchange the book for another.

DONATION DRIVES

We regularly organise book donation drives to collect books for distribution. We have received hundreds of books over the years thanks to the support of generous donors.

We also fundraise to enable migrant workers to explore more literature in their mother tongues. Although we receive many books in Tamil, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese and English through our book donation drives, we do not receive enough books in Bengali, Hindi, Sinhalese and other South Asian languages. Zakir and his friends have purchased over 2,000 Bengali books using their salaries but there is still a lack. The situation worsened as migrant workers were confined in their cramped dorms for months due to COVID-19. In order to fulfil these needs, charities, student groups and individuals have come forward to support the cause.

If you have books to donate, please drop us an e-mail at onebagonebook@gmail.com.

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