2016 Compassion in Action Awards
In 2016 we honored three organizations with a Compassion in Action award. The award winners, ranging in age from 10 to 88, had two things in common—their contributions to African literacy and the rewards they got from organizing book drives.
Over the course of two years, children in the Tracy, CA, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) collected 26,000 gently used books to help set up 26 libraries throughout Africa. D.A.R.E officer Steve Abercrombie says, “The coolest thing for 10-year-olds is they are helping some kid halfway around the world learn to read.”
Since the 2008-09 school year, the sixth graders at Hillbrook School, located in Los Gatos, CA, have collected 2000 books each year and an enough money to send them to Malawi for a grand total of 14 community libraries. Eden Maisel, Hillbrook’s Service Learning Coordinator says, “The results students see from book drives teach them that they can make a huge difference.”
The Northfield Cannon Valley Lions Club, led by Gordon Simonson, 88, has collected books to supply libraries in Malawi, Swaziland and Lesotho. Since 2007 the club has collected 11,000 books. Gordon got involved because of his belief in the power of education to make the world better. He admitted, “I don’t care for golf; I would rather do something worthwhile.”
All three award winners have made an exceptional contribution to ALP’s work of promoting literacy in Africa.