Pages for Paraguay
The Wichita Public Library, Trees for Life International and Kansas Paraguay Partners are joining hands on a project that will run August 19 to September 30. The Pages for Paraguay program will gather new and lightly used Spanish-language books and raise funds for the children of San Marcos Elementary School in Luque, Paraguay. A school building was recently donated for the young students of this low-income area. The building included a library, but without books it is just an empty room. The Wichita Public Library, Trees for Life International and KPP are reaching out to the local community for help to make this library a reality and make books available to the children in their native language.
Book donation boxes will be set up at all Wichita Public Library locations to collect new and gently used Spanish-language children’s books, especially for ages 5-12. In addition to book donations, tax deductible financial contributions are being accepted online at the Trees for Life website, www.treesforlife.org. The money raised will be used to ship the books to Paraguay and purchase additional books from Spanish-language publishers.
The project was inspired by Patty Silva who volunteers at and serves on the board of San Marcos Elementary School in Paraguay. She visited Kansas through a teacher exchange program organized by Kansas Paraguay Partners. During her visit, she shared the story of the children at the San Marcos school and discussed the extremely limited access they have to any printed materials. This story prompted the partnership between the Wichita Public Library, Trees for Life International and Kansas Paraguay Partners who are now working with Patty to fill the San Marcos library with books. The community and families of Luque, Paraguay are also working hard to support the project, selling used clothing to raise money to build and buy furniture and shelves for the library.
If each of us could contribute just one book, together we would make an incredible impact on the lives of these children. Help us put a book into the tender hands of a San Marcos student. Together we can foster a young child’s interest in reading and perhaps inspire the next Marie Curie or Dr. Seuss.