"What's a Lesotho?"
Scouts Learn About Africa
Junior Girl Scout Troop 70181 knew nothing about Lesotho, not even the name, prior to their book drive. Using the Internet, an African Library Project DVD, and an atlas, these scouts are learning about the small African mountain kingdom where their books are headed.
Many people in the Scouts' town of McKinleyville, CA live in poverty by U.S. standards, but the girls learned they are fortunate to have indoor plumbing, shelter, libraries, and access to school and good roads, which many of their counterparts in Lesotho do not. “Learning about different African nations is important. It spreads tolerance and understanding, and that is always a step toward making the world a better place,” said Troop Leader Cheryl Kingham.
This isn't McKinleyville's first book drive. In 2007, two older Scouts paved the way by starting libraries in rural communities in Botswana and Swaziland. Now, these Junior Scouts are strengthening the global connection between their own rural community and the village of Butha Buthe, Lesotho.
ALP's mission is twofold. Yes, we love to start libraries in Africa. And we aim to expand America's awareness of Africa. ALP makes a concrete and personal difference for children on both continents. Just ask the girls of Junior Troop 70181 in McKinleyville.