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Guatemala fundraiser

Help us raise funds for our Guatemala library project by donating $30 or more and receive either a mask or a coin purse!

These items were sewn by Lesly and her brother Jhonny in Guatemala using traditional woven fabrics. Lesly is a teacher in Guatemala. During the pandemic, many teachers have not received regular paychecks. The sale of these items is helping Lesly and Jhonny earn a living during a difficult time.

Donate at Paypal.me/LibrariesForTheWorld and leave a note telling us whether you’d like a mask or a coin purse.

Or send a check to:

Libraries for the World, PO Box 1331, Round Rock, TX 78680

Solar power installation

Most of the village of Abwanget in Uganda does not have electricity. In order to have lighting, computers, a printer, and a computer projector, we need to install solar power. Work has begun on the installation of solar power, though more work still needs to be completed.

In addition, railing has been installed along the front porch, which will help keep young children safe as well as help those who need assistance with walking up the ramp along the side.

Thank you for continuing to support us on this journey to bring books and literacy to this community!

Plastering and painting the Uganda library

Workers have been busy completing plasterwork on the interior and exterior of the library building in Uganda. The workers are including intricate details to beautify the space.

Once the plastering was complete, the painting crew descended on the space! First primer, then a creamy yellow paint.

Thank you, supporters, for helping fund this space, allowing construction workers to continue to earn a living during the pandemic.

Refresh your mask collection!

Refresh your mask collection this month by making a donation. Everyone making a donation of $20 or more will receive a mask from Uganda! These were sewn by Shamilah, a seamstress in Uganda who specializes in clothing but also teaches girls in her village to sew, a valuable money-making skill. Shamilah uses her income to support her family and send her children to school. Your donation not only helps Shamilah but also helps us continue our work of creating libraries and improving literacy around the world. Thank you for your support!

Doors and windows installed

Work has continued steadily on the library in Uganda. Doors and windows have been installed, along with glass. Doors and windows are sold without glass; that is installed afterwards, funding allowing. Interior work is now underway on the ceiling. Several little friends have been helping with fetching water for construction. 🙂

Guatemala shipment arrives

Our box of books arrived in Guatemala, along with our gifts from Africa for school director Jorge and his wife. The shipment included several tablets for the teachers, just in time for school to start again in January. If school continues to be virtual, the tablets will help teachers with online instruction. Our hope is to fulfill some work in Guatemala in the summer of 2021, if the pandemic situation improves.

Books donated from AV2 Books and Orca Publishers

Thank you to these two great publishers who have donated books for both Uganda and Guatemala!

AV2 Books donated dozens of new nonfiction books in both English and Spanish. The books include topics such as extinct animals, mammals, pets, primates, and castles around the world.

Orca Publishers donated dozens of slightly damaged books, both fiction and nonfiction, but most of the “damage” appeared to be missing book jackets. The books were carefully selected for our Ugandan libraries. Next steps include processing, cataloging, and boxing the books.

Thank you, AV2 Books and Orca Publishers!

Guatemala update

Check out our video to see what we’re up to in Guatemala!

We recently shipped a large box of books, tablets, and educational materials to one of our partners at a school in Quetzaltenango (known locally as Xela). Schools are currently closed, but teachers continue to teach online. The school year will end soon, but the school director, Jorge, has already expressed his gratitude for the tablets. He anticipates having to continue with online schooling for the unforeseeable future.

We continue to collect books in Spanish for the homework help center in San Antonio Aguas Calientes, which we are helping to organize into a community library. Check out our Amazon wishlist for Guatemala and donate a book today. 

The pandemic has not stopped the work; we continue to plan for our programs. Donate at paypal.me/LibrariesForTheWorld to help us build a brighter future for children around the world.

Roofing complete

The roofing is now complete on the library in Uganda! Rain interfered and slowed down some of the work, plus construction crews dealt with bouts of malaria and restrictions due to the pandemic. But workers persevered and completed construction last week. The next phase of construction involves installing doors and windows.

One of our goals is to help children stay in school when their families cannot afford to tuition, uniforms, and supplies. While students are not in school at the moment due to the pandemic, they will eventually return to school. Many families have been earning little to no income during the lockdown, so many children will not be able to return to school. If you are interested in sponsoring a child’s education, please email us at info@librariesfortheworld.org. School is not free for children in Uganda. Primary school generally costs less than secondary school, and tuition and other costs usually come to less than $600 per year. Those costs are paid per quarter, not all at once.

Donations in general are being directed toward construction, so if you’d like to sponsor a child’s education, please make a note with the donation. Online donations can be made thru PayPal, but you can also send a check to: Libraries for the World, PO Box 1331, Round Rock TX 78680.