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."

Books for a Better Society

Project #
978
Year
2015
Country
Myanmar
School
Bucknell University
Proposal
978pro
Report
978rep
Students
  • The Ngone Oo

Books for a Better Society

The’s aim for Books for a Better Society was to establish a library in Dumbang, a village in Kachin, Myanmar, to bring an increased awareness of the world and help the community make more informed choices for their society. While the library serves the whole community, it is particularly focused on the 700 or so students in the village, from elementary grades through high school. In partnership with the Dumbang Baptist Church, The was able to jump-start the village’s goals for 2025 by establishing the library now, giving greater hope for the realization of sports and music centers for youth that are to follow.

The’s project included plans for operating and improving the library in the future, and formulated budgets, policies, and regulations for its use. Initially the library will be run by committee members and community volunteers, and later by hired regular staff. Educational programs in the library include English classes, a reading club, a speakers program, and computer access.

The sees this library project as sustainable because essentially the whole village was involved in realizing the project, in staffing it, and making it accessible to the widespread community. An added benefit for The was that the project provided a chance for her to engage with village students about their lives, struggles, and hopes, which taught her new perspectives on her own country and people.