Kon Aya moved to Mongolia 20 years ago and is now a volunteer who visits towns, villages and encampments across the country to read picture books to children. Nomads rarely own books because of their weight and bulk. Many other families can't afford to buy their children books. Kon's work is supported by the students of the National University of Mongolia. Kon is a part-time Japanese teacher and has helped over a thousand students. Meet Kon and the students helping her even in the midst of a pandemic.
The students help Kon so they can study Japanese while surrounded by smiling children
Children who rarely get to read picture books listen with shining eyes
The pandemic led to the project's first live-streaming reading session online