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Campus Sending 1,600 Books to African Schools Through Faculty Without Borders Program

June 7, 2013

High school and college students across Kenya and Ethiopia will benefit from 1,600 used textbooks donated by Rose-Hulman academic departments, faculty, and staff members. The project was organized by the institute’s Faculty Without Borders (FWB) program.

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  Sorting Books: Faculty Without Borders members (from left) Charles Joenathan, Cary Laxer, and Ashley Bernal prepare the 1,600 used textbooks for shipping to schools throughout Kenya and Ethiopia. (Photo by Dale Long)

The Department of Physics and Optical Engineering is also donating used laboratory equipment in good condition to be used at Egerton University in Kenya.

The books will be distributed to Egerton University, Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa University, and three Kenyan high schools: Morop Girls High School, Cheptoroi High School, and Kipsiyenan High School.

Four members of Rose-Hulman’s FWB program observed the need for the educational supplies during a trip to Kenya last summer.

“These books will be put to good use and we hope to work on other worthwhile projects in the future,” says FWB leader Charles Joenathan, PhD, head of Rose-Hulman’s Department of Physics and Optical Engineering.

Other faculty members assisting in the book collection project were Cary Laxer, PhD, head of the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering; mechanical engineering professors Ashley Bernal, PhD, and Richard Onyancha, PhD; John Aidoo, PhD, of civil engineering; and geography professor Michael Kukral, PhD.    

Learn more about last year’s FWB trip to Kenya here.