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Name of ProjectBook Donation for Utwe Elementary School
LocationKosrae Island in the Federated States of Micronesia
ContactErik Jeffcott
Description of Project

While serving as a library/education volunteer on Kosrae island in the Federated States of Micronesia, my school, Utwe Elementary School, was the grateful recipient of a gift of new books from the West Cascades RPCV group. When I first opened the door to the library in the rural village of Utwe, Kosrae I was impressed at the amount of books the library had in stock. As I took a closer look though I noticed that a great portion of the books were moldy from overexposure to the humid air, or, in the case of reference materials, outdated. The most recent encyclopedia set was about 30 years old and written in college level text. WCPCA generously donated a new set of World Book Encyclopedias and many new children's books.

Through this donation, grants, and other charity, the library became a well used resource for the entire community. By the end of my two years, the library had many new books, a system for cataloging materials, air conditioning, and even internet access. Many thanks to WCPCA and their support of Peace Corps projects.

WCPCA Contribution to Project$1000
Date of Contribution2001