Earl Kessler, Former Peace Corps Volunteer (1965-1968) and current FOC member, wrote an informative and engaging book about the development of Puerto Badel, a rural town outside of Cartagena, when he was a Peace Corps volunteer.

The book “Letters from Alfonso: Learning to Listen” tells the story of construction, development projects, and slum improvement when residents of a Colombian town, wiped out by flood, took the future into their own hands. Earl’s life intersected with that of community leader, Alfonso Perez Correa. Working with Alfonso, Earl learned lessons in local participation and empowerment that have helped bring success in meeting community needs all over the world.

Now you can purchase this book and help Friends of Colombia at the same time! $10 from every purchase will be donated to FOC.

To purchase a copy of Letters from Alfonso: Learning to Listen all you have to do is send a check for $20, which covers the cost of the book  $15 and shipping $5, to:

Earl Kessler

109 Jimenez Street

Santa Fe, NM 87501

Again, with each purchase, FOC receives $10!