ADDRESSING THE NEED TO READ
In the war ravaged country of Liberia, West Africa, in the small town of Yekepa, this is the reality. Loving Through Literacy has a passion to change this reality. To create an environment where books are accessible and reading is enjoyable. To begin to develop a legacy of reading that can be passed from generation to generation.
Originally the thought was to develop a centrally located children’s library in the town of Yekepa. It sounded like an amazing concept to build a library; if we build it they will come. But as we came to understand the country and its people, the nature of their lives, the dream seemed to be limited in scope. Many children live in outlaying villages that would require a six mile hike into the town to check out a book, and then the same walk home. Since many are needed to fulfill basic roles in the home that ensure their survival, it seemed a central library would limit the availability of books to only those in town. A new dream was born.
Library in a Box is that dream! An extraordinary project that gives the gift of books and reading by repurposing ‘old things’ into new. Up-cycled shipping containers are transformed into libraries that will transform lives, providing knowledge and resources to begin a new legacy. These libraries will be placed in remote villages which enable people who can’t walk into town the possibility of developing reading skills with a good book. They will become an extension of our current Books to the Bush program.
The dream is already beginning to take shape! A dream filled with possibilities to provide more people with more books on a regular basis. The concept is to convert shipping containers into portable libraries that can be placed into remote villages. This enables people who can’t walk into town the possibility of developing reading skills with a good book. These libraries will become an extension of our current Books to the Bush program.
Volunteers from all across the United States have collected over 30,000 books over the last two years that have been sent to provide reading materials. The Books to the Bush program has been in operation for about the same time, and reading camps have been enjoyed by many. We need your help to continue the dream, to expand the possibilities, and to begin this new legacy.