May 07, 2008

TWU student ACTS for African Libraries

TWU student Sarah Switzer has been working to build libraries in Africa with ACTS, (African Community Tehcnical Services) . In 2004 Sarah and her cousin built a library in Kwekitui, Tanzania using bricks made by the villagers. The library serves three schools and many members of the community.

This July, Sarah leaves for Chamazi, a rural community in Tanzania, with a team of 8 other TWU students to build another library which will serve nine schools. The project also benefits the community by providing paid employment for the villagers and will buy Swahili books from Tanzanian publishers.

This weekend Sarah hosts a fundraising birthday party at her home in Comox. Read more about the Chamazi Library Project at Sarah’s Facebook page or at the African Community Technical Services site.

To support the project financially send a cheque to the ACTS office (PO Box 1515 | Comox, BC V9M 8A2| Canada) or donate by credit card online (Click on the Donate Now icon) or phone the ACTS office (250-339-1212.) Donations for this project should be designated for the Chamazi construction fund go toward building supplies, books and furniture; or for Sarah Switzer’s program expenses.

“We rely on many hands and prayers, and we are really reaching out to ‘love thy neighbour’” says Sarah.

"Lushoto Library/Tanzania photos" by Sarah Switzer

Thanks to: Helen Preston, The Rare Bird vol. 36, No 2; April 2008.

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