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BooksforPeace


What is Books for Peace?

Mike and Betty Halliwell'snonprofit organization whichcollects and ships donated books to help Peace Corps programs - booksforpeace.orgBooks are mainly donations from schools in Greater Los Angeles; they cover a wide range of topics and usually are in excellent condition.


What books does BFP have?

BFP collects whatever

donated materials are

offered, if they seem

likely to be wanted.


How does BFP work?

Betty works with PCVs via email to figure out what best fits the needs at their sites.

Then the selected books are sent at no cost to the PCV or the receiving organization.

Even if you are not an education PCV, you can still help a local school, library, or other program to get books.


Available Material

English: K-12 language skills and literature, including integrated programs and fiction.

Science: all levels of textbooks and a variety of materials focused on individual topics.

Math: elementary and high school subjects.

National Geographic: starting from 1980.

Makabayan: World history, geography, economics, art.

Reference: Dictionaries, thesauruses.


Have realistic expectations…

U.S. science and math textbooks do not parallel the Philippines curriculum, but teachers find them useful resources.

The BFP inventory changes constantly, depending upon what is donated and shipped.

BFP is a small operation, so shipments may be delayed due to the volume of requests.

Remember the mantra of

“patience and flexibility”


Getting Started

In accord with Peace Corps policy, BFP does not send books unless there is an official request from a host-country organization.

To begin the process of working with BFP, email [email protected] and ask for the attachment with the standard instructions. The earlier in your Peace Corps service you get started, the better the prospects for success.


Three Basic Request Types

“Resource Kit”

“Sample of Sets Box”

“Class Set”


1. “Resource Kits”

Single copies of various materials focused on specific subjects to serve as teacher resources

Four types of “Resource Kits” are available:

Science/Math

English

Makabayan

Library


2. “Samples of Sets Boxes”

A Samples of Sets Box includes samples of items which are available in larger quantities, including class sets.

Samples of Sets boxes usually focus on

resources for teaching

English language and/or

literature, but a shipment

of samples can be tailored

for any number of

different needs.


3. “Class Sets”

Once the Samples of Sets Box arrives, the PCV and the teachers study its contents and decide whether their school needs a class set of any of them.

If so, they can request that

one or more “Class Sets” of

specific books be included

in a follow-up shipment.


Other Options

These boxes have been developed to expedite BFP operations while conforming more or less to the Dep Ed curriculum. However, other requests and guidance will be welcome.

There is no limit to what can be

requested, but PCVs should help

their colleagues who want to ask

for “everything” or “anything” to

focus on specifics.


Points of Contact

To request books or more information, contact Betty Halliwell

[email protected]

For a BFP testimonial, contact Rene and Neal Bierbaum (PCV Philippines, 2006-2008)

[email protected]



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