The organization Library in a Week, founded by Sultan Utm in Canada unveiled it’s latest project yesterday at the junior high school with three classrooms in Cristo Rey, north and west of Playa del Carmen. Until last year the residents had wells and outhouses, power from a generator a few hours a day, no internet and spotty cell phone reception, very little public transportation and a 3 room school built by parents and equipped with student teachers from university. They have come a long way and Sultan with the help of the KKIS Project really made their day yesterday.
Students helped paint the walls and carried rocks and soil from blocks away to build up a garden outside the entrance door. One young girl looked up at a book on the top shelf so I reached it down for her and told her it was written in both English and Spanish. She sat down with it and continued to read through all the uproar of the opening.
The students made signs of thank you for Sultan and had each created cards of endearment for him which they presented in a large multicolored pile. A KKIS volunteer, Robert Smith, who lives nearby has volunteered to be the librarian and will help the kids with English. Another Cuban friend here in Playa, Marilou Young, will help him get all the books catalogued and create a system to make a lending library.
What a community I live in!