BOOKS for the BARRIOS began in 1981 among U.S. Navy families who were stationed in the Philippines. From 1981 to 1986, they worked closely with other knowledgeable, motivated volunteers as well as the U.S. Navy and Philippines Airlines to distribute hundreds of thousands of books throughout the Philippines. American children play a pivotal role in building and driving the organization's vision and operations. Growth of the organization into a worldwide project has been through the emphasis of the contribution and critical role of all participants, whether staff or volunteers.
Many developing countries are suffering from a “brain drain” losing many of its educated population for opportunities abroad, especially their most qualified teachers. The effects are widespread but strengthening the education is the key element in securing economic development and a better quality of life for citizens around the world.
To date, BOOKS for the BARRIOS has sent over 12 million books overseas, trained teachers in developing countries in a modern method of teaching and established over 50 Model-of-Excellence schools, helping millions of children throughout the world. The organization has expanded allowing it to reach needy schools by directly sending books to Mexico, Honduras, Philippines and Bhutan, as well as providing consulting services to other non-profit organizations who want to help over 140 book-deprived countries.
Today, a mounting debt, economic stagnation and decline and widening disparities among its people continue to plague all developing countries. This is happening on a global scale with widespread effects, but strengthening education is a key element in securing economic development throughout the world.
Michael Yon Library - Distributing Educational Material NPO
Michael Yon is an American author, independent reporter, and blogger. He was embedded with the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment (Deuce Four) of the 25th Infantry Division in Mosul, Iraq until the end of its deployment in September 2005.
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Wish List for Donation
We always need the following:
* Stuffed Animals
* K-12 and College Textbooks on:
o Dictionaries (1985 or newer)
* Clean scrap paper
* Butcher paper
* Bulletin board borders
* National Geographic Magazine
* Bedtime Story Books
* Baseball Gloves
* Athletic Gear
* Tennis Balls
* Children’s Learning CDs
* Working Computer Systems: Pentium-3 Level (or better)
* New or Partially Used Workbooks
* Arts and Crafts Supplies (sequins, stickers, etc.)
* School and classroom materials
|The mission of BOOKS for the BARRIOS is to strengthen public elementary school education worldwide, equal access to quality education to all children, most especially the disadvantaged children. We have many programs designed to help students and teachers, both at home in the U.S. and throughout the world. Over the past two decades, BOOKS for the BARRIOS has made a major impact on education in many impoverished areas of the world and on the awareness of U.S. children. The following are our major programs and some of our proudest accomplishments.|
TOYS for TROOPS: Help the Troops Help Children in Need during the Holidays
This holiday season BOOKS for the BARRIOS will be collecting TOYS for TROOPS...
so start collecting new/used educational supplies now. These toys will go to the American Special Forces engaged in the war on terror. BOOKS for the BARRIOS provides educational resources to support their humanitarian projects. They have recognized that education is key to their peacekeeping efforts. Terrorism posses a serious threat, as Al Qaeda and other groups are active in the Philippines. Please support our troops' global humantarian mission to create peace through their education
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2350 Whitman Road, Suite D,
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Phone (925) 687-7701
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