BBF and International Orthodox Christian Charities Send Books to Lebanon and Serbia
BBF and International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) have been working together for over fifteen years, bringing requested donations to those in need around the world. In late 2008, IOCC delivered 94,304 new Houghton Mifflin Harcourt textbooks to public schools and libraries in Lebanon in partnership with BBF. Some of the donated books went to one of the public libraries in Beirut. Children ran eagerly to the children’s corner to see the newly arrived colorful books. Librarian Robert Ajami found himself surrounded by children gazing at the books in his hands before he could get a chance to display the books on the bookshelves. He couldn’t resist reading to them while they eagerly listened and stared at the colorful pages.
“These books greatly attracted children and parents who were happy to see their children joyfully amazed by the books. It’s the first time our library receives such interesting and entertaining books for children,” says Ajami. IOCC and BBF also sent books that were distributed in Serbia in 2008. The photo above is from the Sabac area where IOCC distributed textbooks to nine educational institutions, among which are an elementary school, kindergarten and the school for mentally challenged children. BBF and IOCC’s educational program continues to be a great success. The two organizations look forward to continued cooperation on book shipments in 2009!