By Sante Guajardo
New Mexico State University’s Engineering Council, housed in the College of Engineering, in conjunction with the African Library Organization, is hosting the Nerds for Knowledge Book Drive until March 9.
The ALO is dedicated to promoting literacy in the small villages of Africa, and to help in this goal, NMSU engineering major and member on the E-Council Alexandra Valdez organized the book drive.
“(ALO) set us up with Ka-Boyce High School in Mbabane, Swaziland,” she says. “Our goal is to collect 1,000 books and $500 (for shipping costs).”
Through ALO, she says, anyone can organize their own book drive.
Ka-Boyce is the country’s leading school, according to the Swazi Observer, with “a strong English language laboratory.” This is Ka-Boyce’s second time going through ALO. The first time around, they also received 1,000 books.
Neither is it Valdez’s first time organizing a drive through ALO. She said she had tried to start an annual ALO book drive at her high school, Mayfield, but didn’t find much success.
She decided to try again upon entering NMSU, where she has found better success. So far the book drive has raised 875 books.
The drive is taking place until March 9, both books and cash donations being accepted at the Engineering Complex III lobby. Monetary donations are accepted in the E-Council Office in the Engineering Complex III, room 330.
Check out the African Library Organization for more information about what they do and how you can get involved with their initiative.