Projects for Peace: The Vision of Kathryn W. Davis

"My challenge to you is to bring about a mind-set of preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war."

Paz-Movil (Peace-Mobile)

Project #
541
Year
2011
Country
Nicaragua
School
Skidmore College
Proposal
541pro
Report
541rep
Students
  • Jenna Cameron
  • Taliah Hope-Griffith

Peace Mobile

Lending libraries are scarce in rural Nicaragua and access to books and research materials is limited. Working with several local and U.S.-based nonprofit organizations, Jenna Cameron and Taliah Hope-Griffith found a way to bring books to students and teachers in a project with the goal to reduce conflict and foster peace by enhancing educational opportunities.

The “Paz-Movil” or “Peace-Mobile” is actually a 25-passenger bus, now being driven around the remote communities of San Ramón and Matagalpa with an ever-growing number of children’s books, textbooks, novels, and other resources. Staffed by a team that includes one young adult staff member and several volunteers, the “Paz-Movil” visits preschools, elementary schools, and one community library on a weekly rotation, now serving over 1,200 learners. Staff and volunteers are able to work with students and teachers, assisting with homework and research, reading books and other activities. Teachers are invited to borrow materials for a week, and students proudly use their new library cards.

Jenna and Taliah were drawn to this project because of its long-term potential for growth and sustainability. They continue to work to raise funds and collaborate with others in support of the project and are confident of its continued success. As children have more access to books and literacy, they have more choices for the future.