A Family's Generosity
The three resourceful children ran a 5K race in Rabat and used the event to raise funds among their friends and family back in the US. With their earnings, they chose a lot of wonderful books and ordered them from the US. All we did was introduce their mom, Nancy, to Mohammed Hassim, who was Ministry Supervisor in the Taroudant area at the time — we had just started sending books there. Once everything arrived, the family hand-delivered the books to Mohammed and the teachers, to be shared among a few schools.
The beauty of this is not only the books but also the extension of friendship from American children to young people in Morocco. This gesture will be remembered long after the books have been read.
We're always hoping that Morocco Library Project will inspire more people to become involved, and this has happened with both Americans and Moroccans. A great example is the Rothgerbers, an American family living in Rabat. Their three children heard about Morocco Library Project at their school, and decided on their own that they wanted to make a meaningful impact on new libraries.