Donated Reading for Youth in the Philippines
Now, as the nation – and particularly the hardest hit Leyte province and the regional capital city of Tacloban – tries to rebuild, it desperately needs help. The children now have precious few reading resources and even fewer places to study.Mitch Albom and his A Hole in the Roof Foundation have launched the D.R.Y. Libraries (Donated Reading for Youth) in the Philippines designed to reconstruct ten school libraries destroyed by Yolanda and stock them with books.
On Monday, February 24, 2014, Mitch Albom visited the Pawing Elementary School in Tacloban where he launched D.R.Y. Libraries and pledged to help raise $160,000 needed for construction, partnering with the National Book Store Foundation to get it done quickly. Beginning with a $10,000 donation of his own, Albom has also pledged hundreds of copies of his own books to start filling the shelves, and has asked other writers to join him. Many of the world’s best known authors – listed here – have joined in the cause, and have pledged at least 10 copies of their books, one per library, from their personal collections.
Stories are the backbone of life. This is our chance to help rebuild lives with them.
The following authors have kindly donated their books to directly restock the school libraries:
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