BiblioWorks Announces Library Project in Presto, Bolivia

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Biblio Works Foundation, Inc. announced today its first library project in rural Bolivia. BiblioWorks is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education and literacy.

Biblio Works Foundation, Inc. announced today its first library project in rural Bolivia. BiblioWorks is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education and literacy. Currently BiblioWorks is focusing on building and equipping community libraries in rural Bolivia.

In 2004, privately held Biblio.com Inc. partnered with its booksellers and the people of Bolivia to construct a library for the impoverished mountain pueblo of Morado K'asa. The library opened to the public in February 2005 and is now being actively used and maintained by the community. Energized by the success of this project, Biblio.com management began work in March of this year to create an independent charitable organization to continue this type of work. What sprung out of these efforts was Biblio Works Foundation, Inc.

“During our visit to Morado K'asa in April, 2005 to attend the opening of La Biblioteca Villa Zamora,” says Brendan Sherar, Vice-President of Biblio Works Foundation, “we were approached by Father Rolando Padilla, the priest of the town of Presto, which is situated about one hour from Morado K'asa. With an average yearly income of $233 USD, and an adult literacy rate of only 21.3%, the need and potential for change in this community became apparent to us.”

BiblioWorks already has several other projects underway in other parts of Bolivia, including completing an unfinished library in a High School in the zone of Patacon, located on the outskirts of the city of Sucre, Bolivia.

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BiblioWorks is a recently formed non-profit organization dedicated to the simple principle that literacy and education are critical components for the creation and vitality of sustainable communities. The mission of BiblioWorks is to provide communities in need with tools and resources to develop sustainable literacy and education programs. These resources will be provided through direct funding to community non-governmental organizations and through book and material donations to schools, libraries, and cultural institutions. BiblioWorks is focusing on communities in South America, and for the short term, specifically in rural Bolivia. BiblioWorks is seeking 501C3 non-profit status, and has offices in Asheville, North Carolina. Find out more at http://www.biblioworks.org.

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