Today I had the great pleasure of meeting Florevel Fusin-Wischusen who founded Readcycle to collect and ship books to children in schools in the Philippines and other places around the world. Floe launched her vision during the during Lehigh University’s “Day of Caring” on March 6, 2007. She mobilized the collection, packaging, and shipping of over 8,000 books to schools in the Philippines.
At MagazineLiteracy.org, our KinderHarvest program rescues gently used and new magazines and recycles them to children and families in homeless and domestic violence shelters; to hungry families who pick-up bags of groceries at food pantries; to children in early learning and after school programs; to seniors citizens, and to other new readers.
We are looking forward to the opportunity to work with Readcycle to develop a channel for shipping recycled magazines overseas to new readers in developing communities in the Philippines and elsewhere. MagazineLiteracy.org will focus on the collection of magazines and Readcycle will focus on working through the logistical challenges associated with such an undertaking, such as shipping, as well as the social and legal realities related to the receipt and use of magazines from abroad in host countries. Together, we’ll change the world – one magazine at a time!