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Here’s Why This Colombian Garbage Collector Is Known As The ‘Lord Of Books’ In Bogotá

From the Garbage to the BookshelfA garbage collector in Colombia has his own library for children. All the books come from the trash.

Posted by AJ+ on Monday, February 27, 2017

The “Lord of Books” is making sure children have access to books.

José Alberto Gutiérrez has been collecting books for 20 years as a garbage collector in Bogotá, Colombia. Gutiérrez might only have a second-grade education but that hasn’t stopped him from recognizing the importance of literacy for the future of Bogota’s disadvantaged youths. According to AP, Bogotá, a city of more than 8 million people has 19 public libraries but they are all located far away from the poorer neighborhoods in the city. The lack of access for children’s books in Gutiérrez’s own neighborhood in south Bogotá convinced him to open his own library from the rescued books he has collected. Gutiérrez credits his love and interest in books to his mother reading to him even though she was not able to afford to keep him in school.

“The first book that I found was ‘Anna Karenina’ by Leo Tolstoy,” Gutiérrez told AJ+. “And that little book set the flame and this snowball that has never stopped rolling.”

This man is legit the Robin Hood of books in Bogotá.

Since finding that first book, Gutiérrez has collected more than 20,000 books.

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These books were turned into a library filling every room in his house, according to AJ+. The name of the library, The Strength Of Words, of course.

The children in Gutiérrez’s neighborhood are allowed in every weekend to browse, read, and open their minds to new worlds.

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“This should be in all neighborhoods, on each corner of every neighborhood, in all the towns, in all departments, and all the rural areas,” Gutierrez told AP. “Books are our salvation and that is what Colombia needs.”

Gutiérrez doesn’t see himself as a savior. Instead, he sees himself as a bridge for children in poor neighborhoods in Colombia.

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READ: This Boricua Is Bringing An Indie Bookstore To Her Neighborhood Of 1.4 Million

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Rapping Is Hard, Imagine Doing It Without A Voice: This Voiceless Rapper Is Doing It

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Rapping Is Hard, Imagine Doing It Without A Voice: This Voiceless Rapper Is Doing It

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Isaiah Acosta, a 17-year-old Arizona native, was born with a rare condition called situs inversus that caused his organs to grow inverted and formed no pathways for oxygen to enter his body. His jaw never fully grew and his speech never developed, but he hasn’t let that stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming a rapper.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospital produced a mini-doc about Isaiah and his family.

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It details their struggles with the condition, how doctors doubted he would survive, and the importance of music as Isaiah’s form of expression.

Isaiah also released a video, “Oxygen To Fly,” which features fellow Phoenix rapper Trap House bringing Isaiah’s words to life.

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The idea to bring Isaiah’s song to life through another rapper started as a collaboration with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The song was released as a single for sale on iTunes. Proceeds of the song will go towards children’s hospitals.

Isaiah may be just starting out, but his message of perseverance in the face of adversity shows wisdom beyond his years.

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Life has forced a very serious condition on Isaiah, and he takes it in stride, laughing, dancing and rapping. Nothing will stop him from his dreams.

Based on his lyrics, the documentary and his music video, it’s clear that Isaiah draws great strength from his family, his faith and his own ability to keep it pushin’.

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And if that doesn’t make him a real rapper, I don’t know what else does. Yeah, boi! ✊?

READ: This Mexican-American Rapper Is Changing The Hip Hop Game

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