Biblioburro NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
Hi! My name is Carolina Gómez, and I am a Colombian Spanish teacher in the United States. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to communicate back and forth with Luis Soriano, the amazing educator behind "El Biblioburro."
Luis is someone with an immense heart, creativity, love for reading, and a deep understanding of the importance of access to books and education in children's development. He lives in a remote town in Colombia called "La Gloria." La Gloria is located in the state of Magdalena (not to be confused with the town of the same name in the state of César). This region of Colombia has been forgotten and neglected for years, and it has a high rate of poverty and minimal access to education for young people. Many of the children here travel long miles to reach their schools. Luis and his two burros (donkeys) "Alfa" and "Beto" ("alphabet") travel to see them every week, fording rivers, and walking for miles along unpaved and dusty roads, carrying books for the children.
His work has been widely covered by the media, including a documentary made by PBS . Luis has gained significant fame around the world due to his creativity and desire to make change, but unfortunately his organization still needs money to survive and to continue giving access to books where children need them.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of "El Biblioburro." To celebrate and honor all of the work by Luis, Alfa, Beto, and countless communities, the Bibliburro organization is asking for cash donations. They tend to receive books as donations but are now most in need of money for infrastructure - to purchase furniture to keep the books accessible and safe, tables and chairs for the physical library they are currently building, and to be able to celebrate with the children of La Gloria via a modest but emotional event where Luis plans to use theater and other forms of art to bring the stories alive and celebrate what they have built together.
In the video above, Luis gives YOU thanks in advance for your support! What do you think? Will you help Luis, Alfa ,and Beto to continue bringing books and happiness to the children of "La Gloria" and other areas in Colombia?
Thank you so much to the people who have been spreading the word about this campaign on social media. It has been so helpful!
I am so amazed by how generous people are! Luis, Alfa, Beto and the children from La Gloria really appreciate your help!
A big GRACIAS to all those warm hearts that have donated to this campaign!
I want to thank all the people who are helping us. Thank you for making a difference and giving a contribution to this beautiful work. I wish you all many blessings and many successes in your lives.