Wutan Elementary School is located in idyllic Pingtung County in the foothills of the Dawu Mountain. Located a mere 50 kilometers from the hustle and bustle of Taiwan's second largest metropolitan area of Kaoshiung with its skyscrapers, imported luxury sedans, and world class designer fashion boutiques the children of Wutan Elementary School may as well live on a different planet.
The students of Wutan Elementary are members of the indigenous Paiwan tribe. The vast majority of the children come from single parent, low income, or otherwise disadvantaged households. This project aims to brighten the futures of the 180 students attending Wutan Elementary School by providing a functional library with sufficient resources to support basic literacy for the 180 students currently enrolled.
Wutan Elementary School does not have a library conducive to reading or learning. To characterize its collection as rudimentary is generous; what few bookshelves in the library are characterized by large gaps where one would expect to find beautifully illustrated children's books. Instead, one finds empty spaces begging to be filled. The walls in the library are cracked and the walls are bare, bereft of any art or reference to the rich cultural heritage of the region's rich indigenous culture.
Through this grant, we hope to renew and outfit the children with a library that contains the facilities for them to attain basic literacy and promote a love of learning. The library will also be used as a venue for family-oriented reading and cultural activities, making it a place where parents and grandparents can engage in the education of their children in a positive and supportive environment.
Project funds will be used to purchase book shelves, seating, tables, chairs and renewal of the facilities. We hope to have the project funded and start work on June 1, 2016 and complete all work in 5 weeks.