Can you imagine a school with no books? Or a community where the one new book, magazine or newspaper is shared widely, because the cost and availability of new items is beyond the means of everyone?
What is an exception in the U.S. is the norm in rural Botswana, a landlocked country in southern Africa where more than half the population is at or below the poverty line.
When I became a Peace Corps volunteer and moved to Botswana in 2007, I expected to only leave the U.S. and my comforts of Rio Rancho for two years, but fell in love with the country and its people, especially its children. I have now lived in Botswana for over 12 years, spending the last five years dedicated to developing a culture of reading, building libraries and bringing leisure books and novels to students.