The United States Consulate General Curaçao presented a collection of English-language books to the after-school program for teens at Jong Bonaire. Donated books include novels, biographies, U.S. history and anti-drug flyers and will be used by Jong Bonaire as part of its homework and tutoring programs.
The books also provide the teens with a good opportunity to improve their English reading skills in their spare time. The book donation is part of the Consulate’s educational donations to each island in the Dutch Caribbean.
The after-school program at Jong Bonaire is the largest such effort in the Dutch Antilles, involving more than 260 teens as current members and more than 1,500 past participants. The United States Consulate General hopes this collection will contribute to a better understanding of the U.S. and its diverse culture.
U.S. Consulate General Vice Consul Winifred Hofstetter made the presentation to Manager Bilha Thomas, and several of the Jong Bonaire teens. Mrs. Thomas thanked Vice Consul Hofstetter and presented her with a copy of the Papiamentu English Dictionary which Jong Bonaire sells as a fund raiser. Also present to greet the Vice Consul were Gezaghebber Interino Pieter Silberie, Diputado Delno Tromp, Michael Gaynor, Consulate Warden for U.S. Citizens on Bonaire, and Ilona Burgers, General Manager of Jong Bonaire.