BENEFITING: Children of Peru Foundation
Kelsey Van Boxel
In the city of Huancayo, Peru a majority of the people are literate and the literacy rate is continuing to grow; however, books are almost non existant in this area. Most children learn and know how to read, but they are never able to practice and perfect this skill because most simply cannot afford books because they're nearly impossible to get. Even a pirated book can cost more than a days wage. However, recently a family of missionaries residing in Huancayo has started a mobile library program to be able to share books with the children and read to them on a weekly basis. "Leer es Crecer" is the name on the ministry and in translates to English, "To read is to grow." The children of the Andes are thrilled each week when the "gringos" arrive to read and share the books them and the their joy and cute little smiles are so rewarding. The library ministry started with about 100 books and recently I traveled to Peru and was able to add about 250 to their collection (and counting). It is my goal to be able to continually send books to better the lives of these children!