Library Project

As part of ClearWorld Mediaʼs new company policy
where employees are encouraged to apply one day
of the month to volunteering, on Monday May 21st, I
(Suvi Rautio, Project Manager) joined the Rotary
Club of Beijing to visit a small kindergarden and
primary school of 166 students in Ping Quan county,
Hebei province. The aim of the trip was to visit one of
the 39 schools in Hebei province who have recently
received a generous donation from the Beijing
Rotary Club to build a library of 500 childrenʼs books,
one set of teacherʼs books and a variety of
educational toys. The donation was made possible
with the help of The Library Project.
The overall journey time to and from Beijing was
around seven hours, which took us past mountains
and remnants of the Great Wall. After enjoying a
delicious local (and organic!) lunch with the school
principal and organizers of the Library Project, we
were brought to the school and pleasantly welcomed
by the kids. We were taken to an old dance room
(which was to be replaced with the library and
reading corner) and immediately got to work putting
together the shelves. The students were so curious in
what we were doing and before we knew it took over our role and swiftly got to stamping
the books and organizing the shelves all on their own. In no time our work as library
“builders” had been happily done for us. After a brief photo shoot, the school held a brief
speech to thank the Rotary Club for their generous donation and visit to their county. Once
all the formality of speeches were done, the students could finally choose a book of their
choice, which ranged from short stories to history and science books, and enjoy a short
reading break.
The overall excitement of the kids made our day and to think that we could return back to
Beijing knowing that what was an empty dance hall before our arrival now consists of a
range of educational and leisurely books and reading corner, means it is one step to
improving the livelihood of rural China made possible with the donations from the Rotary
Club and professionalism of the Library Project.
Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides
humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build
goodwill and peace in the world. Over 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 33,000
Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographic areas. But they also have 270,000
Interactors, 170,000 Rotaractors, 150,000 Rotary Community Corps members. Rotary club
membership represents a cross-section of the communityʼs business and professional
men and women. The worldʼs Rotary clubs meet weekly and are non-political,
nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.
The main objective of Rotary is service – in the community, in the workplace, and
throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of
todayʼs most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment,
illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities
and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and
vocational and career development. During and after World War II, Rotarians became
increasingly involved in promoting international understanding. In 1945, 49 Rotary
members served in 29 delegations to the United Nations Charter Conference. Rotary still
actively participates in UN conferences by sending observers to major meetings and
promoting the United Nations in Rotary publications. In the area of medicine, Rotary has
been in the forefront of the campaign to eradicate polio from the world.
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The Library Project believes in education to bringing about change and work passionately
towards making this happen by providing donations of books and libraries to underfinanced
schools and orphanages in China. Started in 2006 with five friends, including
founder Tom Stader, in two orphanages in Dalian, China, they now have over 600 libraries
in China and Vietnam combined and have donated over 360,000 books ; 668 libraries;
impacted over 200,000 children; trained just under 9,000 librarians.
The Library Project provides a wide range of local language children’s full color and high
print quality books including: history, science, short stories, fairy tales, books for very
young readers, children’s dictionaries, children’s reference books, and an assortment of
comic books. Each school also receives a full set of children’s encyclopedias for older
students. The Library Project has plans to donate in Vietnam in 2012 and Cambodia in
2013.
For more information visit www.rotaryclub-beijing.org

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Rotary Club of Beijing


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Celine Lin
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