Davianna Edwards is a rising junior at Skidmore College, where she is a social work and French double major.
This summer The Literate Earth Project (LEP) and Pangea Educational Development will opened a library in one of the largest refugee camps in Africa. Learn how the partnership developed in a conversation with Jeff Fonda, Founder and CEO of LEP, and Drew Edwards, Co-Founder and CEO for Pangea Educational Development.
The Literate Earth Project has partnered with Skidmore College to send Katy Ballo, winner of a 2018 Minerva Scholarship, to Uganda. During her time in Uganda, Katy will be visiting Literate Earth Project libraries and learning about the daily operations of the organization, and assisting librarians in developing programming.
The summer before I graduated from college, I spent two months in Uganda as part of Soccer Without Borders. While the entire purpose of the trip was to help those less fortunate, I was taken aback by the extent of the poverty in Uganda. Despite it being one of the most developed nations in Africa, many Ugandans live a life that few of us can even imagine - having to walk miles for clean drinking water, living in cramped spaces, and barely affording school fees to improve their own children’s future. Even if schools were fortunate enough to have a library, the books were kept under lock and key.