YOU CAN HELP: Local Girl Scout building a library, needs more books

Alina Guyon just received approval for her Girl Scout Gold Award, and is hoping you can help with the project:

I’m building a library in a refugee camp in Uganda. It’s a big undertaking and requires planning, organization and the coordination of a team of people. My goal is to collect 3,000 books and create a library that many refugees have access to.

So far, Fauntleroy UCC and Hope Lutheran School have kindly donated many books, which add up to over 2,300 collected for the library. But, I would love your help so I can reach my goal of 3,000 books!

How can you help? Please bring any books and educational supplies, that you would like to donate, to VAIN (4513 California Ave SW). VAIN is open from 10 am-6 pm on weekends, 12-8 pm on Monday, and 10-8 pm Tuesday – Friday. The box for donated books will be at VAIN until December 28th.

Why Refugees? There are currently 65 million refugees in the world – more than in any time in our history since World War II. These are people who are forcibly removed from their homes and flee for their safety; half are children under the age of 18, according to the United Nations (UNHCR The average time a person spends in a refugee camp is over seven years, and the children lose access to schools and education. Without education, the opportunity to improve their situation is minimal. Refugee children without access to reading and an education represent a lost generation.

Why Uganda? While Syrian refugees have received attention in the news, there is also a huge refugee crisis in Africa. Uganda has the fastest-growing refugee population in Africa, accepting over 100,000 new refugees in 2016 alone.

Their neighboring countries of South Sudan, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are war-torn. While Uganda doesn’t have many resources, they are compassionate to the plight of their neighbors.

Uganda is home to many languages, but English is the common spoken language. So books in English are perfect! I am partnering with an organization in Uganda that serves refugees and has a small school. The organization is called Hope of Children and Women and they are very excited to receive the library.

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12 Replies to "YOU CAN HELP: Local Girl Scout building a library, needs more books"

  • Andi December 19, 2016 (3:54 pm)

    Well this is perfect, I have an appointment at Vain tomorrow.

  • Trileigh December 19, 2016 (4:13 pm)

    What a wonderful effort – thank you so much for doing this, Alina. What kinds of books do you want/need? Old textbooks? Fiction, nonfiction? Are adult books (college textbooks, NYT bestseller-type books) as welcome as kids’ books? And what kinds of educational supplies could you especially use?

  • JanS December 19, 2016 (8:42 pm)

    trileigh….thanks for asking those questions. I was curious, too…

  • sc December 20, 2016 (7:25 am)

    For educational supplies would you need crayons?  I have some boxes that are brand new!

  • ClayJustSayin December 20, 2016 (10:41 am)

    What kind of books?

  • Alina Guyon December 20, 2016 (10:50 pm)

    To: Trileigh,  Jans, and Clayjustsayin

    I am collecting all books! The library will be for a whole community from babies to adults, so most any book would be great. 

  • Alina Guyon December 20, 2016 (10:52 pm)

    As for educational supplies, anything from arts and crafts supplies to learning materials (like rulers or calculators) are great! 

  • Patricia December 21, 2016 (6:24 am)

    I see you as Secretary of State one day!  Take a look at Georgetown University in DC.  

    Until then, what kind of books? Adults? School age children? Literature?  Fiction?  No-fiction? History?  Reading level?  Professional books?

    Alina, you are terrific!  

  • Alina Guyon December 21, 2016 (11:36 am)

    To Patricia:

    Thank you! I would love to be Secretary of State one day!

    All books are great!I am looking to build a large and very diverse library, so any and all books (even obscure ones) are amazing. The only books that don’t work are specifically northwest or regionally located ones, like “Gardening in the northwest” is not a relevant book for Refugees in Uganda.

  • sc December 21, 2016 (12:03 pm)

    My husband went to drop off crayons at “Vain” and was told they’re only taking books.   He told them they were also collecting  arts and craft supplies and could he leave crayons.  Maybe let them know?

  • Alina Guyon December 21, 2016 (3:28 pm)

    Thank you!  I stopped by Vain today to let them know that school supplies are welcomed- thank you for the crayons.


  • Alina Guyon December 21, 2016 (3:32 pm)

    Thank you VAIN!  Ive collected 200 books in just 2 days and still counting.


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