Advancing Literacy One Book at a Time
May 01, 2012During the last few weeks of school, students and faculty at Concordia have been collecting books for charitable organizations. The African Student Union and PACODES are the two organizations on campus heading up the book drives.
The ASU is coordinating its book drive with the Worldwide Book Drive, one of the largest book donors in the U.S. The focus is to make books available to schools, libraries and other charities.
All books are accepted, even severely damaged or obsolete books, which are donated to be recycled through the Life Skills Center for the Severely Disabled. This creates jobs for disabled adults.
PACODES is a nonprofit organization that seeks to aid and improve the education, faith, lifestyle and education of the people of Panyijar County in Southern Sudan. Only 1 percent of the population in this county is literate, so PACODES is working on building a library in that area.
“We believe that the library project will truly help raise literacy and give the community the opportunity for education and a way to escape poverty and violence,” says Ellen Mueller '13, Bismarck, N.D.