Hungry minds received a little nourishment recently, when the Parent Teacher Organization at the International Community School of Abidjan joined forces with the InfoPros for Peace club and other students, to provide more than 100,000 CFA ( about $200.00) worth of fiction and reference books to the Orphelinat de Garcons de Bingerville!
The InfoPros for Peace Club and I launched the ongoing "Food for Thought Book Drive" last November, promoting the program to the community here in Abidjan. The Info Pros goal is to provide additional computers to the school’s recently inaugurated computer center, and to update their library with new French language books.
Mr. Closius Adjemiane led the tour of the orphanage, and introduced the party to the students in each classroom. When he explained that we were there to present a donation of books to the library, we were greeted with cheers of approval and gratitude, and carefully pronounced English language “Thank You!'”s from the young students. We made the formal donation in the library. As you can see, it was well received!
In addition to the PTO, several students and others donated books from their own collection. One student donated an entire box of books herself, and some students and parents donated books that they'd purchased at a recent book signing by the well known Ivoriran children's book author, Fatou Keita ( more here and here).