Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

Columbian Garbageman Creates Community Library From Discarded Books.

Some people go out of their way to help others on a daily basis, and the man in this story is one of those people. No, he doesn't stand in line to help others get the food they need to survive. He doesn't take his own money to buy clothes for the homeless either. But he has spent years of his life helping people obtain one of the most important skills that they need in their lives. And thanks to his dedication, his entire community is thriving because of it.

Bogota, Columbia has a population of over 8 million people and over one-third are living in poverty.

Due to the fact that the communities are so poor, the young people of Colombia tend to have a difficult time getting the education that they need to have successful lives. One garbageman realized what was happening, so he decided to do something about it.

One day, while José Alberto Gutiérrez was on his typical garbage route, something caught his eye.

There, mixed in with a pile of trash, was a copy of Leo Tolstoy’s book, Anna Karenina. Gutiérrez immediately knew how valuable the book was, so instead of letting it get destroyed by the trash compactor, Gutiérrez brought it home with him.

One day, while José Alberto Gutiérrez was on his typical garbage route, something caught his eye.

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You see, Gutiérrez knew that the book wasn’t worth money, but to the people in his poverty-stricken community, the book meant so much more.

Throughout the years, Gutiérrez found even more books while he worked for the garbage company. And eventually, Gutiérrez didn’t just have a few dozen books taking up space in his home, his collection had taken over the first floor of his home.

You see, Gutiérrez knew that the book wasn’t worth money, but to the people in his poverty-stricken community, the book meant so much more.

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As time passed, Gutiérrez’s neighbors realized just how many books he had been collecting over the years.

Soon enough, they were knocking on his door to ask if they could borrow some of his books. Without thinking twice, Gutiérrez told his neighbors that they were more than welcome to borrow any of the books that he had.

Some of the neighbors were just looking for an inexpensive way to entertain themselves, while others wanted the books for something else.

Unfortunately, because of the poverty issue in Bogota, there was an overwhelming number of illiterate men, women, and children. Gutiérrez knew that he was helping the people in his community better their situations by helping them learn how to read.

Some of the neighbors were just looking for an inexpensive way to entertain themselves, while others wanted the books for something else.

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