Students collecting books to help their Afghan counterparts
- By: Navin Chohan
Students at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, are working with faculty staff and other local sources to collect basic science textbooks, reference books, and educational posters. These are destined for medical students at the Faizabad University and Albiruni University--which was destroyed by the deposed Taliban regime--in northeastern Afghanistan.
Donations from local bookshops and medical publishers are also being sought, as are monetary contributions to help pay for shipping the books. The collectors aim to get the delivery to Afghanistan by late April.
The students are working with Ahmed Athar, a first year medical student and member of the Muslim Students Association, to cooperate with local leaders of the Islamic community. Students at Indiana University School of Medicine's eight other campuses--including West Lafayette, Bloomington, and Fort Wayne--are also collecting.
“It is inspiring to see how many people have come together to help those in need. Our efforts transcend the barriers