Here is a new video on Miguel Angel Asturias Academy where our group of McGill’s Librarian Without Borders volunteered to help develop a library project in April. It is such an amazing place that fosters a passion for learning in all of its students. I was completely blown away by the founder and director Jorge Chojolán who narrates this video; he is truly an inspirational man with a great vision. I actually danced with him on our final night in Xela!
I am beginning to sponsor a student to attend Asturias which I think is an incredibly worthy cause. As a condition of my sponsorship, Steve Mullaney, the Director of Development and acting Librarian, is ensuring that the student I sponsor is a member of the school’s Book Club. For more information on Asturias Academy please don’t hesitate to contact me or visit the school’s website.
As many of you know, in April, I participated in the Librarians Without Borders’ McGill Student Chapter’s trip to Guatemala. Our group worked very hard to develop a manual of recommendations for a new library currently being built at Miguel Angel Asturias Academy in Xela (Guatemala’s second largest city). We also offered a training session to the school’s director Jorge Chojolan and to the teachers who will be taking on the roles of the librarian and the literacy program coordinator. The leaders behind this project are ambitious that this library will not only serve the K-12 students at the Academy but that it will also serve as a community library to the people of Xela allowing them with the opportunity to improve their education. Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 16th 2010), the website GlobalGiving will be matching all money donated towards the Asturias Library project. People, this is an extremely worthy cause! After visiting the school myself and having met the hardworking and inspiring people who are dedicated to improving education in Guatemala, I am whole-heartedly convinced that this library will make a difference in the lives of the students and the community of Xela. I encourage everyone to visit the GlobalGiving Website as well as the website of Asturias Academy and donate generously. Please contact me with any questions you may have about the work of the Librarians Without Borders group when we went down in April.