Shipping a container of used McGill materials to a school in Haiti – spread the news!

Posted: August 3, 2012 in Librarians Without Borders

A few days ago, our friend Dr. Beverly Baker send us a message.  She’s in the process of filling an entire shipping container of dearly need supplies to be sent to one of Librarians Without Borders partner groups, Lycee Jean-Baptiste Cineas.  Please take a moment to read her message and help out of you can!

A 40-foot container is being parked on the McGill campus this August and will be filled with discarded McGill desks and furniture and other donations, to be shipped to the Lycee Jean-Baptiste Cineas in Limbe, Haiti. This is a collaborative project with myself, McGill Facilities Management, and undergraduate and graduate students and groups across campus.

When: August 13 and 14
Where: McGill Lower Campus, east side of the James Administration Building, south of the parking lot below the Wong Building (see attached map)

Interesting in helping out with this project? We need you! There are three ways to help:

1) Volunteer to help with the packing of the container on August 13 and 14 :
You can do this by emailing me at and letting me know which days and for which shifts you are available: 9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm. We will need a lot of volunteers to help with this. Experience in packing/moving would be very helpful! Please email me ahead of time so I can schedule volunteers in an efficient way.

2) Drop by with a donation: You can drop by between 9 and 5 on the 13th and 14th with the following items:

·        – Microscopes

·        – CD players, DVD playes, cassette tape players; rechargeable batteries and chargers of all types

·         -Large coffee makers (50+ cups) and reuseable cups

·         -Basketballs and basketball nets; soccer balls

·        – Musical instruments

·         -Art supplies; sewing supplies (not cloth, but notions)

Books in French, Spanish, or English as a second language and  school supplies (paper, pens, binders, folders, etc.) are also welcome.
Please do not bring anything that is not on this list, as there are restrictions on what we can pack. Make sure that you bring items already packed in boxes and labelled. Please make sure that the items are all in excellent condition.

3) Donate $$$ to help with the shipping costs
To make a tax-deductible donation, go to the following link and donate through MSR International, a non-profit organisation that supports projects at the school.
Click on “donate now” and the container fund for Haiti will be visible.

A big thanks to all who have already donated materials as well as money to support this project. The container will be shipped to Haiti on August 17 and should be at the school in time for the start of classes!
Beverly Baker

P.S. For more information on the Lycee Jean-Baptiste Cineas, go to my YouTube video of our work there:


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