Peace Corps Builds Libraries
Author Karen Fjeld provides an example how these libraries make a difference:
Charla Teale, a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador, helped a community establish a library and organized a reading group. After implementing the project, she found that "students are already showing an improvement in vocabulary, a significant interest in reading, and an ability to discuss reading topics and context."
Communities receiving a library must give a 25% contribution (cash, land and/or labor) towards the cost of the library, commit to a regular budget and provide metrics for success.
Donations may be made through the Peace Corps web site.
According to the Peace Corps web site, "The Peace Corps' annual budget for fiscal year 2005 is $317 million. President Bush has devoted the highest level of funding to the Peace Corps than at any time in the history of the agency."
At the current $1.2 Billion/week cost of the Iraq occupation, a year's worth of Peace Corps funding would buy us roughly 47 hours of occupation. Or a week's worth of occupation could fund the Peace Corps for 3.5 years.