This dedicated librarian was a third grade teacher when he started to use his two "burros" (donkeys) Alfa and Beto to bring his mobile library to the children of La Gloria, Magdalena. This region of Colombia has been forgotten and neglected for years, and it has a high rate of poverty and minimal access to education for young people. Many of the children here travel long miles to reach their schools. Luis and his two burros (donkeys) "Alfa" and "Beto" ("alphabet") travel to see them every week, fording rivers, and walking for miles along unpaved and dusty roads, carrying books for the children.
His work has been widely covered by the media, including a documentary made by PBS. Luis has gained significant fame around the word due to his creativity and desire to make change, but unfortunately his organization still needs money to survive and to continue giving access to books where children need them.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of "El Biblioburro." To celebrate and honor all of the work by Luis, Alfa, Beto, and countless communities, the Bibliburro organization is asking for cash donations. They tend to receive books as donations but are now most in need of money for infrastructure - to purchase furniture to keep the books accessible and safe, tables and chairs for the physical library they are currently building, and to be able to celebrate with the children of La Gloria via a modest but emotional event where Luis plans to use theater and other forms of art to bring the stories alive and celebrate what they have built together. See below a special message from Luis for this campaign!
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