Jumpstart and the HWS Public Service Office are looking for creative students to write, illustrate and assemble books for The Memory Project.
The story books will be sent to help children living amid a war in Uganda, where thousands of children flock to the cities every night, where they sleep in shelters or on sidewalks, because it's safer there than in their villages. The next morning, they walk miles back to their villages to go to school or work until they return to the cities at night.
To help the youngest of these children find comfort at night, students are invited to make story books for them to look at before going to sleep in the shelters. A second purpose is to help them learn to read, since the war has disrupted their education.
At HWS, the project is being run through Jumpstart, a national non-profit organization that pairs college students with youths in the community. Locally, 20 HWS students work with 17 local pre-school children.
Details on the Memory Books project are available by visiting http://www.thememoryproject.org/childrensbooks, talk with Ian West in the Public Service Office at ext. 3825, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.