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Matched funding for the La Vallee Community Library

[b]The La Valle US team will be going to Haiti next week with eager volunteers to deliver much needed supplies and books for the expansion of the community library![/b] To defray the costs of the books and computer equipment, the team needs to raise just $2,800 more. For every dollar that is donated this week from July 1st to July 8th, we'll match it 1:1! [url=]Click here to donate to this incredible cause today![/url]
[b]What's the project about?[/b]
[url=]Bibliotheque Club de L’Amitie de CODEVA[/url] is the [i]only [/i]communal center for learning in the region, serving 8100 school age children and 62 rural schools. The library desperately needs children’s books and reference materials in all subjects in French, Creole, and English. The current inventory is outdated and includes, for example, a collection of English language Collier Encyclopedias from 1929. Your contribution enable the library to purchase reading materials as selected by local school principals, as well as fund the purchase of a computer and printer for student research.
[b]Tell me more about the library. What makes it so different?[/b]
In 2005, the La Vallee community development Bank, CODEVA, established the Bibliotheque Club de L’Amitie to serve as a community library. The library is centrally located in donated space next to the market place in Ridore. Community members now living in the United States and Canada provided the initial book inventory. Sadly, in 2007 the library was forced to close due to lack of funding. Last year, members of the CODEVA organization re-opened the library and hired Mr. Francele Mamousette as the librarian. Bibliotheque Club de L’Amitei is the only library in the region and is intended to serve as an educational resource for all of the area’s 62 schools. [font=Cambria, serif] [/font]
[font=Cambria, serif][b]Why is this so important?[/b][/font]
The 62 schools scattered throughout the La Vallee region lack reading and research materials other than textbooks. Most of the area’s 8100 children have no access to basic picture books, storybooks, or reference books. The library will allow these children to discover the joy of reading for pleasure. It will also provide research books to students and their parents, exposing them for the first time to the world of information. The addition of computer access will likewise broaden educational opportunities. [font=Cambria, serif]Knowledge is power and giving these students and families access to higher quality books and materials can open up minds and opportunities![/font]
[url=]Click here to view the project profile - your donation will be matched 1:1 this week![/url]

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