Community Service: Shanti Volunteer Association

Unused books, CDs and DVDs are reused in the form of a donation. Japanese picture books are fixed with stickers bearing translations of local languages and sent to children in Asia through the “Picture Book Delivery Endeavor.” Then there’s “Craft Aid,” which offers Fairtrade products. These are just a few of the activities carried out by the public-interest foundation Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA).

SVA launched in 1981, providing relief supplies to refugee camps in Cambodia. If people can’t read, they may have accidents with farm chemicals, or they may sign away their land without knowing it. Thus poverty continues. Through books, children learn to read and can gather information. Listless children come alive when they receive picture books. SVA has provided this comfort and built libraries. A young Cambodian girl said, “Food is gone in a moment. I like picture books because you can read them again and again.” And when children laugh, adults laugh, and the entire village brims with life.

After 30 years, SVA now operates in refugee camps in Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. It has established an office in Afghanistan for educational and cultural support. 30 years ago, the word NGO did not exist. Now, however, people have awakened and are taking action. You can do so by donating books, CDs and DVDs you no longer need!

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