Africa Development Corps
2710 Ontario Rd NW
Washington, D.C 20009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jo-Zette Dick 202-625-7402
VISIONS IN ACTION RECEIVES BOOKS FROM OPRAH’S ANGEL NETWORK TO BENEFIT LIBERIA’S YOUTH
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 5, 2008)- Africa Development Corps (ADC), a non-profit organization working in the field of international development, has received three 40 foot containers filled with books from Oprah’s Angel Network to provide books to needy schools in Liberia. This is a total of 66,000 books which will be distributed in Liberia.
In keeping with its mission of giving people around the globe the chance to live a better life, Oprah's Angel Network is working with Books for Africa and Africa Development Corps to provide books to schools in need.
Books for Africa has chosen Africa Development Corps as its partner organization to carry out the book distributions in Liberia. ADC has worked with the education system in Liberia since 2002, a system which faces serious challenges as a result of 14 years of civil war. ADC is committed to working closely with the rural communities and Liberia’s Ministry of Education to address the severe book shortages in the nation’s schools. The selection of ADC as a partner organization is testimony to Africa Development Corps’s strong ties to Liberia’s communities. ADC’s work in this West African country has focused on food security and ex-combatant training programs in addition to education.
The news of the receipt of this award was met with great jubilation. The Director of ADC, Dr. Shaun Skelton, stated, “We are thankful to the Angel Network and Books for Africa to have been chosen as the agency on the ground in Liberia to distribute these books to school children in primary and secondary schools. We work regularly with Liberia's schools, so we know the real situations there. These schools are desperately in need of books and instructional material.”
The Liberian ADC Staff is ready to get the job done. Natalie Barnard of the Liberia office lamented over the loss of a “culture of reading” which is prevalent in the country. She avowed that “this donation will give teachers the resources that they so desperately need to plan their lessons, and students will have the opportunity to enrich their education.”
About Africa Development Corps
Founded in 1988, Africa Development Corps’s mission is to promote economic and social justice in the developing world. ADC accomplishes its mission by working closely with grassroots organizations and self-reliant volunteers. ADC has worked in nine African countries over the past 18 years in human rights, education, HIV/AIDS and food security. Based in Washington D.C., ADC also has field offices located in Liberia, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa.
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