[PFP in Myanmar] Linda Rotunno: A Special Request
A week before our departure for Myanmar, Mindy Walker, our amazing in-country partner, emailed ACYPL alumni Rick Smotkin, Cass Burton and me with a special request – BRING BOOKS. Books are prized possessions in Myanmar, and access to them is quite limited. For many of us Americans, we are fortunate to have more books than they know what to do with and Mindy’s request was specific – bring children’s books and middle and high school textbooks.
Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE children’s books, and Emily Cushman shares my passion, so off we went to Politics and Prose, DC’s fantastic independent bookstore, and spent the next hour picking out our favorites – Ferdinand, Blueberries for Sal, Looking for Lincoln, and The Orchestra Gets Dressed. We paid special attention to stories that provided a snapshot of American life. I also sent a message to my daughter’s former middle/high school, Edmund Burke in DC, asking for textbooks they might spare. Hours later, a pile of English, American history, and American government books appeared at my house. Emily and I packed them up – along with 25 composition notebooks and 100 pencils – and off I went. Rick and Cass also heeded the call.
All in all, we donated a 100 books and school supplies that Mindy is distributing to the various schools and organizations where she spends many days teaching English. And these great photos tell the story: