Partner Spotlight: Books Covered by CoLibrì Systems North America

Derek Hansen Education, News, Supporter Leave a Comment

CoLibrì logoWhat better charter sponsor for Project Schoolhouse than a company committed to extending the life of books? CoLibrì Systems is helping protect one of our Nicaraguan communities’ most precious learning resources.

“Our schools are in remote villages with minimal government support. Even a small library is a luxury. Having CoLibrì there to cover our books means that what we’ve started will last. In a region with heavy rainfall most of the year, CoLibrì’s advanced covering process adds tremendous value,” says Tab Barker, Project Schoolhouse Executive Director.

Project Schoolhouse Volunteer and Board Member Selina Serna agrees. She recounted the adventure of delivering the CoLibrì machine.

Students using CoLibrì book cover system

Children in Nicaragua using the CoLibrì machine.

“Many of the schools have no road to them, so we hiked the CoLibrì System up muddy hills and through rivers. We also brought a generator because the schools have no electricity. The effort paid off as soon as the children gathered around as we presented their new library books. We covered every book and then many of the kids’s workbooks. Two of the older students were so fascinated by the machine, they took over the covering process.” Serna added, “The children learned that books are valuable. We protected each book, treating it with respect, so the students did the same.”

Steve Orlando, CEO of CoLibrì’s North American operations likes the synergy of the organizations. “Project Schoolhouse’s mission of ‘building foundations for eager minds’ is right in line with what we and our customers believe in. In a place without computers and televisions, books provide the only way to explore new places, discover history and create previously unimagined possibilities.”

The Project Schoolhouse / CoLibrì Cover Systems partnership is a long term commitment which includes a corporate sponsorship component, book covering machines and CoLibrì covers at Project Schoolhouse locations in Nicaragua, and volunteer hours.

“This reminded us all what treasures books are, especially for those that have so few. What Project Schoolhouse and CoLibrì have done is just the first chapter of a very exciting story about to unfold,” noted Barker. Orlando agreed. “Our team and our customers are proud of what we are doing. It feels good sharing what you’re good at with those that need it most.”

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