Who’s Helping TASK? William Lyon MacKenzie Collegiate Institute

In May 2010, I received an email from Samantha Sinanan, a member of Librarians Without Borders, an organization at the University of British Columbia (LWB@UBC), to inform me that an Ontario high school was interested in helping TASK’s small library in Santa Rosa del Peñon, Nicaragua. They had a club called World At Large Humanitarian Club sponsored by teacher, Ms. Willa Lee. One of the students had contacted an Ontario Librarians Without Borders member, who had informed the club about LWB@UBC supporting TASK’s small children’s library. The high school club was interested in raising some funds to help TASK’s children’s library. I contacted Ms. Lee and she informed me that her students were busy fund raising by selling freezies to quench the thirst of the students at the school. In less than a month, at the end of June, the students raised $250 for TASK. They wished for their donation to be directed towards books or library services and infrastructure.

So, what to do with the money? My plan at this point is to use some or all of the money to train one or more interested person(s) to look after the books and to provide programming for the children of Santa Rosa del Peñon. In February 2011, I will consult with the local community to determine the best use of this donation. MANY THANKS to the students in the World At Large Humanitarian Club at William Lyon MacKenzie Collegiate Institute in North York, Ontario.

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