BENEFITING: The Peace Corps Fund
EVENT DATE: Mar 28, 2013
PUBLIC LIBRARY IN RURAL PERUVIAN VILLAGE:
I am a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in remote Northern Peru. I serve a beautiful village in a high mountain plain, where internet communications have not become a part of every-day life. We rely on books for our learning, yet lack the resources to supplement the few texts in place.
PUBLIC LIBRARY IN RURAL PERUVIAN VILLAGE:
LACK OF FUNDING LEADS TO UNDEREDUCATED STUDENTS
WHO: I am a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in remote Northern Peru. I serve a beautiful village in a high mountain plain, where internet communications have not become a part of every-day life. We rely on books for our learning, yet lack the resources to supplement the few texts in place.
WHAT: Small Public Library used to aid in the education of children grades K-12, promote reading and literature among families and the overall population as well as provide a safe environment for children to learn, explore, and discover.
WHERE: Small rural village in northern Peru: Pampa Elera Alta, Las Lomas, Piura, Peru. The village has a total population of 786 inhabitants, 62% of which are under the age of 18 (Community Diagnostic, 2013).
WHY: The Public Library of Pampa Elera Alta has made amazing strides. It was constructed by a community volunteer in 2009 and its doors stayed opened until 2011. Due to lack of funding, the library was forced to pad lock its doors. However, an extremely ambitious community citizen, Orfelinda Lopez, decided that lack of funding would not stand in her way. She obtained the keys to the building, moved all the broken chairs and old desks and began to restore the Public Library of Pampa Elera Alta.
Today, Mrs. Lopez is the library’s official librarian. She attends to the library every Monday through Friday, 3pm-5:30pm, without pay. Every day the library has anywhere from 3 to 15 students of all ages come to read what little material there is, play with the miss-matched puzzles, and to seek help on homework from older students or from Mrs. Lopez herself.
Moreover, Mrs. Lopez started a library club. Every Wednesday at 3pm, 28 elementary school students and 6 middle school students gather to discuss what books they are reading, what projects they have for school, and ideas they have to improve the library. The Library club also hosts family nights once a month to promote reading between parents and children. One Saturday a month the club organizes a theme, markets the theme around town, and hosts families as they come to celebrate the theme with their children through literature.
Unfortunately, due to lack of funding, the hard work Mrs. Lopez has put into the public library of Pampa Elera Alta will soon go to waste. Pampa Elera Alta has solicited the local government for funding but was turned down due to “lack of wiggle room in the budget”. The library has minimal reading material for the children to enjoy. When the kids come in to do homework or work on projects, they always need information or references. Regrettably, due to lack of resources, the library is not able to provide what the children need. Furthermore, the Library Club has no materials to work with. Organizing and executing successful events that are fun and enjoyable for families is becoming more and more difficult due to the lack of materials. Also, the library needs a new face. While it was in storage, its outside was vandalized and consequently, many children laugh when they walk by due to what has been drawn on it. Finally, no one has adequate equipment. The books lack shelves, the children lack sturdy chairs and tables, and the librarian lacks a place to sit!
4 Goals of Library Fundraiser:
- Promote reading among children 5-14 years of age.
- Promote he completion of homework and school projects in a controlled and safe
- environment with resource books or materials if necessary.
- Promote reading among families: children and their parents.
- create a small building maintenance fund to ensure the continuation of library operation.
Where Will Contributions Go?
All funds raised through this campaign will go directly to the library. The primary goal is to purchase reading and educational supplies. The secondary goal is to supplement the furniture for the building, and the Third tier goal is to build a small maintenance fund to ensure the library's continuation.
With expanded resources, an inviting space, and continued operation, Pampa Elera Alta can be assured that their children continue to learn and delvelop at a rate equal to their unbridled enthusiasm.
We hope to raise
$1,000.00 for resource materials; pre-k, primary, secondary and reference materials.
$500.00 for furniture; Librarian Desk, Child desks, chairs, and bookshelves.
$500.00 for maintenance fund
Other Ways You Can Help
Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:
You can help us by letting your friends and family know about this project through Facebook, Twitter, Email, and just old-fashioned word-of-mouth.
Just as "it takes a Village to raise a child"---- it will take the World to build this library! Join our team and be a part of the world.
Contributions made to the Peace Corps are tax deductible for U.S. taxpayers to the extent allowed by law under section 170(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (Peace Corps Tax ID Number # 52-1240194).