On a rainy morning this winter, Libraries for Kids International Chairman Roy Austin and Vice Chairman Rick Harris visited Garden City Terminal to see the fulfillment of a dream that began three years ago on an African safari.
The men bid farewell to a shipping container filled with more than 22,000 books as it left the docks at the Port of Savannah bound for east Africa.
The shipment is one of eight containers set to head overseas by the summer to establish libraries for 1,200 schools, impacting nearly 180,000 students.
“I sat with the students and saw how hungry they are to learn,” Austin said. “It’s common for 20 to 30 children to share a single textbook.”