Where there are books, there is reading.
Where there is reading, education happens.
Where education happens, poverty has less of a stranglehold.
The children of San Marcos Elementary School in Luque, Paraguay have a room for their library, but it is empty. In this impoverished area, neither the parents nor the school have money to purchase books. You can help to fill this library and make books available to the children. The Pages for Paraguay program is gathering new and lightly-used Spanish-language children’s books and collecting monetary donations now through September 30. If each of us could contribute just one book, together we would make an incredible impact on the lives of these children.
Books can be dropped off at any Wichita Public Library branch between August 19th and September 30th. In addition to book donations, tax deductible financial contributions are being accepted and will be used to ship the books to Paraguay and purchase additional books from Spanish-language publishers. A donation of just $5 will help us put a book into the tender hands of a San Marcos student. Together we can foster a young child’s interest in reading and perhaps inspire the next Marie Curie or Dr. Seuss.
The project was inspired by Paraguayan Patty Silva who visited Kansas through a teacher exchange program organized by Kansas Paraguay Partners. During her visit, she shared the story of the children at the San Marcos school where she volunteers. This story prompted your Wichita Public Library, Trees for Life International and Kansas Paraguay Partners to join hands with Patty and fill the San Marcos library with Spanish language books. The community and families of Luque are also working hard in support of the project, selling used clothing to raise money that will be used to build and buy furniture and shelves for the library.