Archive for the ‘Nicaragua’ Category


May 13, 2011

In 2009 Trees for Life  President Balbir Mathur spoke at an international conference Campus of Excellence in Madrid, Spain.  This was the third year for the conference which was founded by Jose Calvo, Director, Campus of Excellence. Balbir was presented a with a world-renowned Manuel Rodriguez classical guitar by Manuel Rodriguez, President of the Manuel Rodriguez Guitar Company. The Manuel Rodriguez company has been creating Spanish style guitars for 4 generations.  In conversation with Balbir, on behalf of the Manuel Rodriguez Guitar Company, Manuel agreed to donate 200 guitars to the Trees for Life partner libraries in Nicaragua if Trees for Life and Books for Life –Nicaragua would raise funds to cover the shipping and import fees.

Balbir Mathur receiving Manuel Rodriguez guitar


Dedicated TFL volunteers and supporters quickly raised the funds for associated expenses and the guitars were soon on their way.  On May 20, Balbir will travel to Nicaragua to participate in the dedication and distribution of the guitars.  Representatives from the 53 Books for Life Nicaragua libraries will be on hand when Jesus Santiago, President, Books for Life –Nicaragua and Balbir present the guitars for the benefit of children who now not only have libraries and computers but also the ability to make music.


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Books for Life Pledges 1,000,000 Books

October 30, 2010


 Balbir Mathur, PresidentTrees for Life and its educational branch, Books for Life pledged to help provide 1,000,000 books to the children of Nicaragua to be delivered over the next 10 years. The pledge was made at the Nicaraguan Librarian conference October 7, 2010 in Managua and was dedicated to all who are making life better on this earth.

The conference was co-hosted by Books for Life, Bertold Brecht bookmobile, Library Arts and Hispamer publisher and bookseller Jesus and Doribel de Santiago. The conference was the second annual library conference and was held in Managua, Nicaragua. The conference was attended by over 170 librarians and community library supporters. The conference grew out of the sponsoring coalitions desire to provide books to the participating local libraries and for the Books for Life project to build 200 libraries in Nicaragua. The first library was completed in Tisma in 2005. Since that date  51 library projects have been completed. In looking at the enthusiasm and involvement of the participating communities it becomes apparent what libraries mean to the educational future of the children of Nicaragua.

Trees for Life President, Balbir Mathur to visit Nicaragua

September 26, 2010

TFL President, Balbir Mathur will visit Nicaragua during the next two weeks to meet with the civic and community leaders of the 42 communities  that are developing libraries in partnership with  Books for Life.  Books for life has set a goal of creating 200 new libraries in Nicaragua. Balbir will also be visiting  future sites for partnership libraries that will be developed in concert with participating communities. For information about the developing libraries go to Books for Life .

Books for Life is proud to announce 100% funding for the Tisma Library

September 25, 2010

Tisma Public Library

The Books for Life library in Tisma Nicaragua is the first of the 42 libraries under development  by Books for Life to achieve 100% funding according to  Balbir Mathur, President of  Trees for Life. Tisma is a small town with a population of about 5,000 people.

The completion of their goal is a testament to the dedication they have for their community and the future of their children.

HeartStrings at Walnut Valley Festival

September 20, 2010

Kansas Acoustic Arts Association (KAAA) members Jim Colucci and Lynn Young (rt) pass out flyers about HeartStrings — a Books for Life program in which people are helping to provide guitars for children in Nicaragua. The KAAA group shared information about HeartStrings at their booth at the Walnut Valley Festival, a well-known acoustic music festival held annually in Winfield, Kansas.

HeartStrings will provide guitars at the Books for Life libraries in Nicaragua. The guitars are being made available by Manuel Rodriguez & Sons, makers of world-renowned classical guitars. You can join in by providing a guitar to the children of Nicaragua for only $50 — or giving a share of a guitar for as little as $5.

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