Cuauhtemoc, born around A.D. 1495 to a royal family, was nephew to both Moctezuma and his brother Cuitlahuac. He later became the last emperor of the Aztecs in 1520. Bernal Diaz de Castillo wrote, “Cuauhtemoc was “not more than twenty-five years old, and elegant in his person for an Indian.”
Today, Cuauhtemoc is a universal object of veneration in Mexico. Streets, parks, stadia — even a brewery — are named after him, as is this ship photographed in Honolulu this week where Book Bank USA hosted an educational and cultural exchange program.
John Balieix wrote to Andy Kluger, Honorary Counsel of Mexico through the Consular Corps of Hawaii: “The ship is beautiful, the crew could not have been more gracious, warm and generous. The food was exquisite, and it was interesting to learn the significance of the ship’s name.”
Book Bank USA again provided the Annual Scholarship Fund at St. Andrew’s Priory School for Girls in Honolulu, Hawaii of $10,000 per year.
This scholarship is used towards financial assistance for families of limited means to afford their daughters a college preparatory education.
Book Bank USA also donated books, and football equipment to the Moloka’i sports teams.
The Keiki Health Project continued to educate students in Honolulu. Every year, The Kosasa Foundation is recognized as one of the top 40 giving foundations in Hawaii.
Book Bank USA donated 35 computers in 2011 and again in 2012 computer equipment to a Women’s Program on the island of St. Kitt’s, West Indies through our friend and her Dionne Warwick Endowment Foundation.
For the School for the Deaf Program, Book Bank USA provided 300 hearing devices between 2011 and 2013, plus 60 computers.
2014 – 2012: Books for Africa: Donated a grant for hundreds of books and computers to Books for Africa, the world’s largest shipper of donated books to the African continent. Since 1988, Books for Africa has shipped over 30 million high-quality text and library books to children and adults in 49 African countries. Millions more are needed. www.booksforafrica.org‘
Andy Kluger with Patty Okimura and Lorraine Sugimoto. These tireless volunteers in Honolulu have been coordinating Book Bank USA educational programs throughout the islands.