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Stratford, CT.- Dedicated volunteers have crisscrossed the Fairfield County to help UNESCO Center for Global Friendship, Inc.(UCGF) with its first book drive.
Their efforts have paid off as they have collected twice the number of books that they expected their initiative would net.
“We have received 8,000 English, Spanish and French books, computers and printers during a month-long campaign for our literacy programs that support free community and school libraries in Haiti, Jamaica and Nicaragua,” reported an exuberant Angelucci Manigat, Jr., the executive director of UCGF.
“We are very grateful to our fellow socially responsible neighbors whose diligence and generosity helped us surpass our goal this year,” Manigat added.
The donations came mostly from residents of Stratford, Trumbull, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Westport, Norwalk and Stamford. The support of institutions and organizations such as Darien Book Aid, New Haven Reads, Norwalk Public Library, UConn Library Stamford Campus, Haitian American Professionals Association of Connecticut, Inc. and International Alliance for the Advancement of Children, Inc. has greatly contributed to the success of this book drive.
We are now in the second phase of this project, which is to raise $20,000 to get the collected library materials to their intended destinations by this summer.
Based in Stratford, UNESCO Center for Global Friendship, Inc. is a tax-exempt non-profit organization, officially recognized by the U.S. Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations. It develops cultural programs for libraries in the United States, and provides educational materials to underprivileged book lovers in the Caribbean and Latin America.
To help with our fundraising project, you can make a donation on our gofundme page or visit www.unescocgf.org or call our direct line: (203) 981-5527.