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BiblioWorks promotes education and literacy in communities in need. We believe that healthy communities require healthy minds. That's why we have been building libraries, supplying books and training librarians in the poorest communities of Bolivia since 2005. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, our funding comes from donors and volunteers who dedicate their time towards helping communities in rural Bolivia. We are not a religious or political organization.
Founded in 2005 by the hard work of Megan Sherar, a Peace Corps volunteer and her brother, Brendan Sherar, CEO of Biblio.com, BiblioWorks has since continued to grow. From its initial beginnings as one library in the community of Morado K'asa to eleven libraries today, with a twelfth being opened in December 2014, BiblioWorks are proud of the impact that we have had in rural Bolivia. By training hundreds of librarians, teachers, students and other community members in the proper use of a public library, as well as fundraising to buy books, we ensure that everything that we do here is sustainable and helps the community itself to continue growing. In rural Bolivia, the concept of public libraries is relatively new, and most children and young people do not have the vital access to books and information that they need to achieve success.
In addition to the work that we do establishing libraries, we also actively seek volunteers who wish to work in our libraries, or with our team in our office in Sucre. We ask that they offer their skills and passions to the communities: whether by leading reading clubs as Literacy Ambassadors, opening the doors to the world through English lessons as English teachers, or through offering women in the community the chance to improve their literacy, as Women's Literacy Teachers. Each and every one has an enormous impact, and we work hard to ensure that their actions are sustainable and can be continued into the future. We are incredible proud of the work that these generous and enthusiastic volunteers from all walks of life and from many different countries do in the communities here in Bolivia.