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Books for the World

A World Community Service Project of Beaverton Rotary Club and Many Partners
Joyce Lockard, Coordinator, Tel. 503-533-4190 rj.lockard@frontier.com NOTE NEW E-MAIL!!!

BOOKS FOR LAOS: Our first-ever shipment to Laos was sent off on Sept. 27, carrying 42,800 lb of used university and school textbooks. This shipment was the culmination of five months of collecting books contributed by many donors in PSU, PCC, area school districts and individuals. The photos below show enthusiastic faculty and students of the OHSU School of Nursing, who collected two tons of nursing textbooks, and children in a school in Laos. The Oregonian provided great publicity in print and on their blog.


Laos is the sixth country to which we have shipped used textbooks. Sengdara Communications Inc in Laos generously paid for shipping and will distribute the books to the National University of Laos and many schools.

UPDATE ON SHIPMENT TO MALAWI: A 40 ft shipping container carrying 37,000 lb of used K-12 books was sent to Malawi in mid-July. The books were donated by our partner Bookbyte, an on-line bookseller in Salem, and were due to reach Lilongwe in Malawi on Oct. 8. Shipping costs of $10,000 were paid by a generous anonymous Salem donor, supplemented by the Salem Creekside Rotary Club. The books traveled from the port of Seattle to Hong Kong, where they were put on a second ship to Durban in South Africa, then on a third ship to the port of Beira in Mozambique. Malawi is land-locked, so the books were transported onward by rail or road, across the Zambezi River and over a 5000 ft pass to the capital city of Lilongwe. Malawi is one of the most densely populated countries in sub-Saharan Africa and most Malawians are farmers, so the government has a limited tax base to support education. Nevertheless, more than three quarters of children attend primary school and most of them finish five grades. Look for more information in the next newsletter, after the books have been distributed.

WHAT’S NEXT?: We are now collecting both K-12 and university textbooks for our first shipment to Ghana. The Rotary Club of Accra has agreed to receive and distribute multiple containers of books to six universities and to schools. Science and reading books at all grade levels are top priorities for schools, and medical, nursing and other current textbooks in all disciplines are needed for universities. Books should be no more than 10 years old! Contact Joyce Lockard for a detailed list of WHAT IS AND IS NOT NEEDED. Books for this shipment are being collected in two different warehouses: (1) DirectBuy at 9700 SW Harvest Court, Suite 120, in Beaverton, and (2) a new collection point in Forest Grove. Contact Joyce if you need a map to DirectBuy and contact Lee Thompson at 503-357-2573 or lsthomp@msn.com if you would like to deliver to Forest Grove. Please note that for the next few months we will NOT be collecting books in Blue Bird Transfer Inc. in Tigard.

SUMMARY: As of October 2010, the Books for the World project had shipped about 1,100,000 pounds of used textbooks to six developing countries. Books have been distributed to 12 universities and countless schools The major reason that we do not ship more books is the difficulty of finding free shipping or the money to pay for shipping. Collecting the books is relatively easy compared with finding shipping. If you or an organization you know can help to pay for shipping costs or if you know of a possible source of shipping funds, please contact Joyce.


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