Libros Para Pueblos, the subject of yesterday’s post, is organizing a pilot volunteer project. The project takes place during Semana Santa (the week before Easter), which is one of the biggest weeks of celebration in Mexico. YOU can be part of both! Read on…
Because volunteers can change the world, Libros Para Pueblos is looking for 6 enthusiastic teachers, librarians, or just amazing moms and dads to join a pilot volunteer project March 23-31, 2013, to work with the librarians in a few of our children’s lending libraries in remote villages. The participation fee of $1500 covers all costs of hotel, food, transportation, museum entrances, and lectures, plus includes a tax deductible donation to this seriously nonprofit organization, but not airfare to Oaxaca.
For a personal account of how one child was awakened by that first library: http://billmoyers.com/episode/junot-diaz-on-how-a-library-changed-his-life/
Many of the libraries are located in isolated indigenous villages whose second language is Spanish. This is an opportunity to contribute to the core heart of Mexico. We never leave a library without big smiles plastered on our faces. If you’re devoted to opening the doors to reading to children who need and appreciate it, please consider joining us.
During this pre-Easter week in March, we will spend the first four days working long hours with the librarians, children and communities in three to five developing libraries, and the last three days soaking up the Easter pageantry in the colorful environs of Oaxaca.
The work will be hand in hand with the librarian, drawing children into books through storytelling, readings, crafts, art, and song. If the libraries with the most need in March are far from Oaxaca, volunteers may stay in the library village Sunday through Tuesday, but they will never be alone. Either there will be two volunteers or a volunteer and an LPP representative with them.
Please visit our website www.librosparapueblos.org, and then email me with any questions. This is going to be an amazing week and we need great advisors for this pilot program.
Oaxaca: 951-518-5586; cell 951-149-5694