Cambodian garbage collector stores discarded books so that poor children can read

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Mar 20, 2017, 11:39 am IST
Updated Mar 20, 2017, 6:42 pm IST
His deed has given him the nickname “Lord of the Books”
The Cambodian has an in-house library that has all the books he has collected over the years from richer areas in Southern Bagota. (Photo: AP)
 The Cambodian has an in-house library that has all the books he has collected over the years from richer areas in Southern Bagota. (Photo: AP)

Avid book readers always find a way to make books an integral part of their lives in any way they can. While last year an Indian couple was travelling cities with a van full of books, Cambodia has a different kind. A garbage collector in the south east Asian nation is helping more people by collection books than just garbage.

According to a media report, Alberto Guiterrez collects books that are discarded by people and stores them so that children of lower income families can read whenever they want to. The Cambodian has an in-house library that has all the books he has collected over the years from richer areas in Southern Bagota. His deed has given him the nickname “Lord of the Books” also maybe rightly inspired from literary works.

The garbage collector has been filling his library for over 20 years now with over 20,000 books in it. He lets children stop by and read for however long they want because that is how he wants it to be for them who cant afford school.





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