RPCV Legacy Program

Axum Children’s Library Enhancement

Championed by Dwight Sullivan (Yergalem, Dodola, 1970-72) and Janet Lee (Emdeber 1974-76)

Colorful Ethiopian scarf

Colorful Ethiopian scarf

These beautiful pieces by Gloria Curtis sold out immediately. More on the way!

These beautiful pieces by Gloria Curtis sold out immediately. More on the way!

E&E RPCV treasurer Randy Marcus in his annual financial report indicated that Dwight Sullivan and Janet Lee have reached 51% of their initial fundraising goal of $10,000 thanks to the generosity of E&E RPCVs. Fundraising included direct donations, sales of Ethiopian-inspired jewelry crafted by Gloria Curtis (Asmara 1963–65), and the sale of Ethiopian scarves. The limited number of jewelry sets sold out quickly, but fortunately more are on the way.  Dwight is in Axum and has purchased additional crosses for Gloria to craft into jewelry sets.

Janet Lee presented on the Axumite Heritage Foundation Library and Cultural Center, a Legacy Project.

Janet Lee presented on the Axumite Heritage Foundation Library and Cultural Center, a Legacy Project.

Gloria Curtis sets up the sales table for the Timket celebration

Gloria Curtis sets up the sales table for the Timket celebration

Janet recently presented on the project during the annual Denver Sister Cities International Timket celebration at the Africana Café in Denver. Those in attendance were in awe of the overall project.  The Ethiopian scarves were a big hit!

This RPCV Legacy Program project has joined in the efforts of the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC), founded by former Peace Corps language and cultural instructor, Dr. Tsehaye Teferra, in the building and development of the Axumite Heritage Foundation Library and Cultural Center in Axum, Ethiopia. This project is limited to supporting the development of a children’s library.

The Axum Children’s Library will provide:

  • A welcoming area for all children of the community to read books, participate in story hours, participate in arts & crafts, and view movies.
  • Child-sized furniture that is comfortable and suitable for a variety of activities.
  • Age-appropriate books in English and local languages as they become available.
  • Access to computers for older children for them to learn basic computer skills.
  • Shelving for the books and a desk for the library assistant.
  • Curtains for the windows that may be closed during video presentations.

Dwight, currently in Ethiopia, has given an update of the overall project:
He witnessed 45 workers working on three exterior projects including exterior walls, the septic tank, and walkways.  He is confident that the library will open within the year.  On his first day back, Dwight reports that Dr. Tsehaye Teferra was able to provide the President of Tigre a tour of the library.  He was so impressed that he donated 10 solar laptops and numerous books.

Building contractor, Negus, and Library manager, Arefaine, stand on the balcony of the new building with a glimpse of the old library in the background.

Building contractor, Negus, and Library manager, Arefaine, stand on the balcony of the new building with a glimpse of the old library in the background.

We are on our way!

To support the Axum Children’s Library . . .

. . . you can send a check to:

Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs
c/o Randy Marcus
1634 Martha Terrace
Rockville MD 20852-4134

Make out your check to “Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs,” and in the subject line enter “Axum Children’s Library.” Include your email for tax receipt.

To donate online through “Just Give” click on the following button (a small processing charge will be included):  Donate Now


 

 

 

 

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