Peace Corps volunteer Katrina Organ '11 currently lives in Los Tillales, a rural community in Ecuador. There she is a community health volunteer and one of her projects is helping the residents develop their fledgling library.
Building on the work of her predecessor, Organ is now "trying to expand the library to include books not only for kids and adolescents, but also for adults. There is no official library in the community, so this is truly the only resource for people to borrow books from."
To foster a love of reading and improve reading skills, Organ runs a reading group with some of the community children. They take turns reading out loud for about an hour every Friday, and afterwards they select a new book to bring home for the week.
How To Send Books
Organ explains that Spanish books can be easily found on websites such as Amazon.com and also in used book stores or sometimes even library book sales.
The address they can be sent to is below.
Ecuador, South America
She stresses that it is important to mark the value below $5.00 on the customs form, because if the value is above $5 a fee needs to be paid to access the package. She also advises people to use the U.S. mail and not a shipping service like Fedex.
Katrina Organ at Stonehill
At Stonehill, Organ was an international studies major and one of the first students to join the College's ALANA Brothers and Sisters Program. During her senior year, Organ was the student recipient of the Diversity and Social Justice Award and the President's Cup. Thanks to her activism, the College has introduced a new range of diversity workshops.
Organ has served as the Executive Diversity Chair for the Student Government Association where she coordinated town hall meeting for students, addressed policy issues surrounding diversity, coordinated the annual DiverCity event and more. She was a member of the Facilitation Team of the ALANA Program as well and she served as an assistant coordinator for Freshmen Orientation.
The first recipient of the Gregory "Rodney" Moynahan Memorial Scholarship, she studied Sustainable Development and Social Change in India through the SIT Study Abroad Program. A Peace Corps volunteer, Organ will be advocating for health education during her two years of service in Ecuador.
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