African book drive goal: 10,000 books

This January the East African Student Association of Carleton (EASAC), with the help of Carleton Cares, will conduct a book drive on campus. The goal of the initiative is to collect 10,000 books to be donated to the Raila Education Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, and the Kimathi Institute of Technology in Nyeri, Kenya.

“This effort is part of EASAC’s overall goal to fight poverty and illiteracy in Africa and to arm people with the knowledge and skills needed to reach higher,” says Julius Riungu, President of EASAC. “The drive is also a great way to show the international community that Carleton University cares.”

Riungu and the rest of the executive of EASAC have been working hard to organize the book drive, and have already achieved some very positive results.

Earlier this year, Riungu and other members of EASAC travelled to Toronto to visit with Raila Odinga, for whom the Raila Education Centre is named. Odinga is a Kenyan member of Parliament and a 2007 presidential candidate. He gave EASAC his overwhelming support for the project.

Riungu has also been able to find support for the effort from a Carleton connection in Kenya. Victoria Hopkins (MA/06) is in Kenya on an internship with Canadian International Development Agency and will help coordinate the distribution of books once they arrive.

Drop-off points for books will be located across campus and members of EASAC will also be at Carleton to collect cash donations to help pay for the transportation of the books to Kenya. Watch for progress reports on the book drive in Today@Carleton.

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