Books are starting to arrive at Project HOPE’s office for the new library project at the Saikalo School in Kasama, Zambia. Teachers at the school shared that they are in need of books for students to practice reading in English and increase their proficiency as per the government curriculum. With over 600 students, who are all orphans, building a library with enough books to serve the school population is beyond what the teachers can do locally. Project HOPE has agreed to take on this task and has begun collecting new or gently used appropriate books here in Canada.
“We launched the program on September 8, 2018, at our inaugural fundraising breakfast in Aylmer, Ontario” shared Christopher Graves. “We asked guests to consider filling a box of books and almost immediately, children’s books started showing up at our office.”
Project HOPE has been working with the Saikalo School through project partner Frances Chileshe. Volunteer teachers have created a fantastic school for local orphans and in addition to the daily feeding program Project HOPE has been facilitating, collected books will be shipped to Kasama to establish the new library. “We hope to have enough books collected by the end of October to send a shipment and get the library started” shared Graves. “In addition to books, any donations to help with shipping costs would be most appreciated.”
With the quick response, Graves expects to be busy picking up boxes of books over the next month and a half and has already accepted some invitations to visit schools in south western Ontario who want to participate and also hear about the work in Zambia. Graves expressed “any opportunity to share our story with people here at home is a welcome chance to increase our community of support. It will be exciting to share these books and create this resource for the school in Kasama. Donating a few books may be simple for us but it will mean the world to the teachers and students.”
If you would like to participate by giving new and gently used children’s books or donating funds to help with shipping costs, please contact Project HOPE at (519) 743-4673 or email email@example.com.