Fundacion Bibleoseo: A Library of Dreams
Organized by: Griff Tatarsky
I work in a Favela. If you haven't heard that word before, it's because they don't really exist in the Western world. A Favela is a massive slum that climbs the side of a mountain as people resettle in cities without space. They exist all across Latin America. While Favela is a Portuguese word, the Favela I work in is in Colombia-specifically, Bogota, in a region called Ciudad Bolivar. This is one of the poorest areas in the city. The houses are built from driftwood and metal sheets, logs and mud cinder blocks. Some do not have roofs, and houses are constantly being taken apart to be used for construction material for more, smaller houses. I work in a Library. It is built of the same materials. There is no bathroom, no water, and no internet. It is located at the precipice of a mountain, with one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen in my life, overlooking the entire, incredibly massive, city of Bogota. This is no ordinary Library. Its purpose is unique. The people I work for as well, and the children I work with. It is dedicated to empowering the children of Ciudad Bolivar, to helping them succeed in their studies and become leaders in their communities. Every day until six their are lessons in which the staff, volunteers, and other charitable organizations around Bogota come to teach solutions to problems the children and their families might have, ways to better their situations and help their communities, and skills and talents that might help them succeed in changing their lives. However, the Library is small. It is built in what could be more or less called a shack, with limited space, few amenities, and a limited number of students per lesson. It has books only from donations, some thousand varying from small child level to fine-print adult novels. It has technology to give the kids an edge, teaching graphic design, art, and sound editing as well as many other technological solutions-but the lack of internet and intermittent power is a severe disadvantage. So the goal of this project is to better its facilities. A Library of Dreams. And it's not even that expensive. Colombia is cheap, especially when you convert your dollars to pesos. Twenty thousand dollars would provide enough capital to begin construction of a new, state-of-the-art library, able to aid hundreds of kids around the city. It would be the first, and only, real Library in Quibo and much of Bolivar. The effect on the community would be immeasurable, especially when coupled with the activities of the Foundation. Essentially, this Dream Library could-and would-change the outcome of lives, aid an underdeveloped area, and better the reputation of a forgotten area that many in Bogota fail to even acknowledge exists. So-if you would like to help, any donation would be appreciated. Every amount, every dollar moves us closer to creating something amazing. Thank you for taking the time to read this. A website for the foundation can be found at http://biblioseo.org/ Thank you.