Good Steward began as a book drive and mission trip at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in 2011. Since then, it has grown into an independent non-profit organization that has provided books and libraries in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Peru, Mexico, Belize and the United States. This year marks the organization’s expansion into Malawi, Africa.
To kick off this expansion and to fund the shipment of books, Good Steward will present William Kamkwamba, author of The Boy who Harnessed the Wind at a luncheon for the public on February 11th. Kamkwamba will tell his personal story of how a small library in his village changed his and his neighbors’ lives.
The mission of Good Steward is to end the library famine that exists in many developing countries by collecting used and unwanted books from individuals, school districts, churches, local libraries, book stores and large clearing houses.
The books are collected, stored, sorted, cataloged and re-boxed at the Houston Food Bank, which has partnered with Good Steward since June 2013. Some books are shared with various programs conducted by the Food Bank, and Good Steward enjoys the benefits of having forklifts, pallet movers and many friendly faces on site. After the books are sorted, re-boxed
and stacked on pallets, they are loaded into 40 foot containers and shipped to ports in East Africa. Then, they travel over ground to their destinations, usually in the most remote areas of the country.
Good Steward works with local governments to arrange a location for the new libraries and the employment of a local librarian. Good Steward also organizes an annual mission trip in order to assist in setting up the libraries and providing additional instruction in Library Science. These trips also give participants a chance to see the beauty of these countries and the people who are working to improve their lives through improved literacy. Mark Cotham, founder and president of Good Steward Library Initiative, encourages book donors to join these trips to see the appreciation and usefulness of their donations.
Email Goodstewardglobal@gmail.com for more information about the luncheon. For more information about Good Steward, visit www.goodstewardglobal.org.