Rafe Arnott/metro vancouver
Two University of B.C. students have been given permission to eat, blast music and sleep for 10 days in the school’s library as part of a fundraiser to raise awareness for illiteracy.
Anita Bernardo and Richa Misra are "camping" at the Walter C. Koerner library until Jan. 28.
After discovering a Facebook group devoted to the cause, they joined Live-in for Literacy to raise $20,000 from participating universities across Canada.
The money will go to the charity Room to Read, which will build libraries in Nepal.
It is the first year UBC has participated.
"Illiteracy is a vicious cycle," said Misra. "People are in poverty because they can’t work. They can’t work because they can’t read," she said.
"A lot of immigrants come to Canada and to be able to read changes how you feel about yourself," said Bernardo. "You are more independent."
Both students agree that giving up ten days is a worthwhile sacrifice to bring attention to the cause. At four days in, they are busy making posters, doing course work and if ever bored, they have a whole library of books to read.