1. Children Charity Foundation Aitan Lapsi
  2. book carrousels were delivered to the children’s wards in 15 hospitals

    Lately we have provided 33 mobile libraries (on wheels) or book carrousels to the children’s wards in 15 hospitals all over Estonia, thus delivering a large choice of exciting books and games to hundreds of children confined to bed.

    The project was carried out in good co-operation between Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Foundation Aitan Lapsi and laminate and furniture factory Plaat Detail together with metal company ASSI.

    Firstly, ten book carrousels were delivered to Tallinn Children’s Hospital. Now the moving libraries are bringing joy to hundreds of little patients in 15 hospitals over Estonia - Tartu, Rapla, Järvamaa, Rakvere, Ida-Viru, Narva, Viljandi, Põlva, Lõuna-Eesti, Valga, Läänemaa, Haapsalu, Hiiumaa, Pärnu and Kuressaare hospitals.

    According to the patron of Tallinn Children’s Hospital Foundation, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre and charity campaign Aitan Lapsi, Evelin Ilves, the process of providing book carrousels to 15 hospitals is an excellent example of co-operation between various organisations and memorable contribution for the wellbeing of children that need special care. "I do believe in the healing power of books. A warm thank you to everyone that were involved in turning the idea of book carrousels into reality and I am hoping that the fantasy world of books will make our children happy and thus help them getting better", said Evelin Ilves.

    „Hospital treatment is emotionally hard for any child. A good book or an engaging board game is a good medicine that will speed up healing. The partners decided to support the good idea and give the book carrousels to each and every hospital that has children’s wards,“ said the Member of the Board of Aitan Lapsi, Rauno Raal.

    Aitan Lapsi foundation’s support was possible thanks to all the kind people that have returned and donated their empty bottles to the charity foundation. Anyone who returns bottles in the Reverse Vending Machines can support the children and culture in Estonia by pressing the button with a smiley face. Now, the opportunity is already with the 279 RVMs all over the country.

    The most difficult part of the project has been the development and testing of the prototype and finding the most appropriate books. „The first prototype was tested in Tallinn Children’s Hospital for 3 weeks, followed by numerous adjustments, e.g. the height of handles and addition of hospital certified wheels. It was also very important to find suitable, happy books and luckily we had a good partner in Estonian Children’s Literature Centre,“ said Raal.

    According to the Manager of Estonian Children’s Literature Centre Triin Soone, we have completed the first half of the project and from 2015 the Minister of Culture will take over supplying the book carrousels with books and games. „We are co-operating with local libraries that will look after the book carrousels and take care that children will have new and exciting books to read,“ said Soone and added that Foundation Kultuurileht is going to provide all the book carrousels with all new issues of children’s magazines Täheke and Hea Laps.

    Foundation Aitan Lapsi provided 16 500€ for buying books and board games. Plaat Detail and metal company ASSI supported with 25 000€ from their budgets.

    Additional information:

    Rauno Raal

    SA Aitan Lapsi

    Tel: 516 9788






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