Books for Peace. What is Books for Peace?.
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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.
BFP collects whatever
donated materials are
offered, if they seem
likely to be wanted.
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.
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.
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”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
“Sample of Sets Box”
Single copies of various materials focused on specific subjects to serve as teacher resources
Four types of “Resource Kits” are available:
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
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.
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.
To request books or more information, contact Betty Halliwell
For a BFP testimonial, contact Rene and Neal Bierbaum (PCV Philippines, 2006-2008)