WePAC pushes ahead of education programs as far away as Afghanistan to win $10k Award

WePAC pushes ahead of education programs as far away as Afghanistan to win $10k Award

PHILADELPHIA, PA, July 1, 2014 – The West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC) has won an international competition that will enable them to open a new library during the next school year.

WePAC was selected as the top program for the 2014 LEAP (which stands for Literacy and Education in Action) Grant for Nonprofits. LEAP is a program sponsored by Better World Books — a leading online book retailer and social enterprise promoting global literacy. Over 70 applications were received from organizations throughout the world. WePAC was one of eight finalists selected and two winners were determined based on the number of “votes” received by friends of Better World Books on its Facebook page.

“We are very excited that new WePAC supporters teamed up with our longtime fans to vote every day and to win the competition; but opening a new library in our public schools is the biggest prize of all,” Mica Navarro Lopez, WePAC Deputy Executive Director, said.

WePAC currently operates 12 public elementary school libraries for some 5,000 students, circulating thousands of books to children each week. For the LEAP program, WePAC leads an impressive list of organizations fueling children’s literacy programs worldwide, including:

• Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, Canada/Afghanistan

• Folk and Sprak, Papua New Guinea

• Tembo-Kenya, Kenya

Libraries awarded LEAP Grants for 2014 include the Larchmont Public Library, Larchmont, NY; Union Beach Memorial Library, Union Beach, NJ; Puertas del Saber Library, Tola, Nicaragua; Biblioteca Comunitaria, San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic; and the St. Louis County Library, St. Louis, MO.

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