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Donations Made To New Little Library At Clapham

Another mini-library has been installed at the Clapham Community Centre in St Michael. This latest addition, included a special addition of book donations by Barbadian authors.

Barbadian author, Dr. Zoanne Evans donated two of her books to the mini-library, noting that it brought back childhood memories to her.

Dr. Evans, who grew up in the Clapham community, says she worked with the centre for years to improve literacy skills, noting that “reading is vital for children.”

She’s pledged to donate more books to the library and thanked the Community Development Department, the Massy Foundation and the Prince Godwill D Formusoh Foundation and, for partnering to make the initiative a reality for Barbados.

Another local author, Mario Herbert also donated some books to the library. Mr. Herbert specialises in children’s books focusing on things Barbadian and he’s hoping that the children enjoy them immensely.

Mrs. Petra Chase, Community Development Aide attached to the Clapham Community Centre lauded the initiative, saying it’s vital that “children are able to read and do after school programmes at the centre.”

Global Relief Director of the Prince Godwill D Formusoh Foundation, Dr Krishnamurthy Kandamaran says the Clapham mini-library is the eighth such installation at community centres across Barbados.

He says two more installations are earmarked for June before the Foundation embarks on phase two of the initiative which is the Literacy Project.

Dr. Kandamaran also thanked the Massy Foundation and the CDD for the “incredible support” they have given to the min-libraries project.   Others present for the launch included Managing Director PGDFF Caribbean, Anita Sundaram, Senior Community Development Officers, Heather Jones & Sophia Parris, Community Development Officer, Marilyn Hollingsworth, PGDFF local team member, Rhea Greenidge and a delegation from the PGDFF Foundation Office in the USA consisting of Dr. Edith Fomuso & Dr. Esona Fomuso.