Books Donated to College, High School Students in Micronesia

More donated books are headed to James Martin and Susan Guarin.

James is a Peace Corps Volunteer serving on the Atoll of Ulithi and Susan is the Librarian at the College of Micronesia (COM) on Yap Proper.

The need for these types of donations is stark. Ulithi is one of the Outer Islands of Yap State,  the most remote and impoverish part of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).

Yap Proper, the state capital, is home over 5,000 Yapese and Outer Islanders. The library at COM there received extensive damage during a recent typhoon.

The donation, totaling over 25 brimming boxes of books, was assembled by three students from the University of California, Berkley. Amelia (who has helped organize similar donations in the past) worked with Kim and Katie to compile, box, and ship the books to the elementary and high school libraries located on the Island of Falalop and the COM library outside of Colonia, Yap.

The girls were also joined by Noah and Souren, engineering students at Cal Poly. All five are former members of the high school robotics team at Chaminade College Prep.

To learn more about support of public school and libraries, as well as student scholarships in the Central Pacific, visit www.habele.org.

You can always view photos of book donations and scholarship winners at Habele's Picasa Web Album.