(aka) BOOKS for the BARRIOS Inc
1125 Wiget Lane
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
A public schoolteacher in a remote rainforest of the Philippines evaluatesour book donation project:
"Our existing school libraries have only a fewshabby old books, mostly donated and mostly informational! With yourbeautiful books now available we can entice our children to love books andtherefore develop their reading habit at an early age. The pupils flock tothe library during off-hours just to see the books out of curiosity, andmany are actually spending time to read them. What a magical experience! Byputting up this library, you have not only made education in our schooleffective, but also attractive and enjoyable.
I know what I am talking about because I grew up in a barrio. I can still remember how happy I was when I received my first picture book, a textbook actually, and how I lovedthe stories it contained, and how I would look and look at the pictures andsavor their colors and import. Bringing joy to children in the classroom,what better service can one give? The angels watching these children musthave been smiling all day seeing their wards excitedly feasting with theirminds and hearts on these beautiful materials."