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Like our service projects, this list is continuously evolving. If you don't see your favorite books or websites, we welcome your suggestions in the comment section below.

Preschool and Early Elementary

The Caged Birds of Phnom Penh by Frederick Lipp, illustrated by Ronald Himler (Holiday House, 2001). Ages 5 and up. An inspiring story of hope, with beautiful watercolor illustrations.

Late Elementary

A Life like Mine: How Children Live Around the World by DK Publishing (DK Children, 2005). Ages 10-17. Learn about the daily lives of 18 children from around the world.

Young Adult

Hope in Hell: Inside the World of Doctors Without Borders by Dan Bortolotti (Firefly Books, 2010).  Learn about the experiences of doctors who volunteer to help people in war-torn and dangerous locations around the world.

To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation by Paul Farmer (University of California Press, 2013).  Noted speaker and Doctor Paul Farmer presents a collection of speeches meant to inspire today’s youth to support and promote social justice.

Taste of Salt: A Story of Modern Haiti (HarperCollins, 1994) Seventeen-year-old Djo tells the story of his life of hardship and poverty with social reformer Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Adult

Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder (Random House, 2009).  The true story of Deo, who flees his home of Burundi during the Rwandan Genocide in 1993.

Relief International This organization helps improve areas such as education, human rights, and agriculture within countries and communities. The website lists available volunteer as well as intern opportunities.

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