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US "Books for the Barrios" program reaches Leyte

Tacloban City (December 6) -- The California, USA based Books for the Barrios Program reached the province of Leyte on December 4, with no less than the husband and wife team as Chairman and the President/Executive Director, respectively, arriving in Tacloban City to turn over the books to the Municipality of San Miguel.

Dan and Nancy Harrington have been to many places of the country since sixteen years ago, in order to deliver book donations intended for school children in the barrios.

During the dinner tendered for the couple by Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla, the couple said that the municipality of San Miguel was chosen because the sponsor of the half a million pesos worth of freight and handling was Mr. Greg Makabenta of California, whose mother is from the municipality.

The couple turned over 20,000 volumes of books mostly for children, to the municipality for use of its different schools.

Books for the Barrios, Inc. is a non-profit, all volunteer led corporation which has demonstrated the capability to deliver mass quantities of quality educational materials, procured from donor individuals and the discards of US public school districts, to the remote disadvantaged schools in the developing countries.

Books for the Barrios, as it enters it sixteenth year, has already donated educational resources numbering to 7,960,000 high quality books, enough to bring the opportunity for quality education to fourteen million eager school children. Its goal is to hasten the day when every school children in the world will have access to quality books in their public schools.

This is made possible with the help of generous donors in the United States. Upon arrival in the recipient country, the local counterpart organization, develop and execute a detailed plan for handling, storage, transportation and distribution of the materials. Close coordination with the local department of education is maintained at each step in the distribution process to insure that local needs are specifically addressed.

Truly a project of the heart, the Books for the Barrios present work plan is to ship a twenty foot container van weighing 29,000 pounds at three-week intervals. The materials consists of elementary and secondary math, science, spelling, English language, world history and literature books. Also included are encyclopedias, dictionaries, reading books, curriculum guides and teachers' professional materials.

The couple expressed their willingness to turn over more books in the other municipalities of the province. (PIA 8) [top]

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