Today is the date I thought I would be leaving Bolivia after 3 months of volunteer work. As it eventuated I spent 4 weeks in Bolivia and then returned to New Zealand as my partner was unwell and I wanted to be in New Zealand with him while he had treatment.
So, I have been back in New Zealand for 6 weeks now. It was my intention when I returned to New Zealand to put more of my time into BiblioWorks but it is only now that I find I have time to do this. With funds raised through the Books for Bolivia Give-a-Little page I have made a donation to BiblioWorks that I have asked to be spent specifically on books for the Tarabuco Library. BiblioWorks agreed to this and will send information about the books purchased once they arrive in Sucre.
I would like to say a huge Thank You to all those people who supported me in my time volunteering for BiblioWorks. I do feel some disappointment at not being able to stay in Bolivia for longer but I hope I can continue to contribute to the role that BiblioWorks has in promoting reading and literacy. I hope those who made contributions to my Books for Bolivia fundraising have confidence that their contributions have been used wisely and for the benefit of libraries and children in Bolivia.
I was immensely impressed with the professionalism of the BiblioWorks organisation and their staff. I would have no hesitation in recommending BiblioWorks to anyone who is interested in volunteering or fundraising for them. It was a great pleasure for me to be able to play a small part in the work BiblioWorks does.
In the time since I left Bolivia Biblioworks have opened another library. The newly opened library in Padilla is Biblioworks 13th library. The town of Padilla is 4 hours by bus from Sucre (a further 2 to 3 hrs past Tarabuco). Photos of the new Padilla library look great. Plenty of room for children to sit at tables and do their homework and lots of new books. I was impressed to see the efforts Biblioworks have made to purchase new furniture and provide a lovely welcoming place for the children of Padilla. Photos of the opening and more information about Padilla library can be found here https://www.facebook.com/BiblioWorks/?pnref=story# .
So now that I have a bit more time I am intending to continue my contact with Biblioworks and investigate where I might be able to contribute some of my experience and skills as a librarian.