Madison Breakfast Rotary Club ships 16 pallets of books to schools in Afghanistan in cooperation with the 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field

 

Since 2005, as part of the international Books for the World program, the Madison Breakfast Rotary has been collecting used textbooks and other educational materials from across Wisconsin for shipment to schools in third-world countries for use by impoverished children. Many of the children the program helps typically have few resources. This is an on-going program which serves over 20 countries.

In cooperation with the 115th Fighter Wing of the Wisconsin Air National Guard at Truax Field and the Lamia Foundation of Nashville, Tennessee, the Madison Breakfast Rotary assembled 16 pallets of elementary and secondary school text books along with children’s reading books for shipment to Kabul, Afghanistan. On September 21st, the fourteen-ton payload was loaded onto a military transport aircraft by 115th Fighter Wing personnel. The Lamia Foundation accepted delivery in Kabul and is distributing the books to schools in that country. Air transport was sponsored by USAID/Denton Program.

This was the first such shipment by air transport for the Madison Breakfast Rotary and is unique because of the participation of the 115th Fighter Wing and the special preparation and packaging needed to withstand the rigors of outdoor storage in Afghanistan until the books are finally distributed to schools there.

This is the first of what is expected to be several shipments of textbooks from Wisconsin to schools in Afghanistan.

Members of the public interested in supporting the Rotary Books for World program locally are invited to contact Carol Dombroski at carol.d@charter.net or (608) 575-1415.

Video Overview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwiJycyt5pk

Related Websites:
www.madisonbreakfastrotary.org
www.rotarybooksfortheworld.org

 

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