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1999 Shipments

1999 can only be described as an exceptional year for Sabre’s Book Donation Program. Never before has Sabre shipped so many books, worth so much, to so many places in a calendar year. Totalling almost half a million books, with a fair market value of nearly $18 million, Sabre’s 32 shipments reached 22 different countries on five continents. This dramatic increase in activity necessitated Sabre expanding its warehouse space by 50 percent and hiring an additional full-time warehouse assistant.

Beyond gross numbers, the continuing growth of the Book Donation Program is evidenced by the high percentage of first-time shipments Sabre made in 1999. Countries receiving their first Sabre book shipments included Angola, Guinea, Guyana, Kosovo, Lebanon, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa and Turkmenistan.

New Collaborations

Peace Corps volunteer Shirley Huff (right) with students at Um al Usood, near Amman, Jordan.
Peace Corps volunteer Shirley Huff (right) with
students at Um al Usood, near Amman, Jordan.

Although Sabre Foundation and Peace Corps have worked together on a number of projects in the past ten years, a formal cooperative agreement signed at the end of 1998 has taken this collaboration to a new level. Shipments made by Sabre under the first year of the agreement totaled in excess of 120,000 books, with a fair market value approaching $2.4 million. With significant assistance from Sabre’s many overseas partner organizations, shipments in 1999 alone supported Peace Corps projects in Armenia, Ghana, Guyana, Mongolia, Namibia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

1999 also marked the start of a new partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). In an effort to assist the IRC in its mission to help refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict, Sabre sent book shipments to Guinea and Liberia in aid of IRC refugee schools, with a portion of the Guinea container earmarked for distribution in Sierra Leone.

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