Today I read about a really inspiring international group of people working in cooperation with educators in developing countries and with business partners in the book publishing industry to bring about changes in the ineffective and random way in which books have, up until now, been made available to students and their families in developing nations.
Check it out at:
I'd like you to read about worldreader.org and get an idea of what their mission is and how they are accomplishing it.
This not-for-profit Non Governmental Organization has only been off the ground since November 2010 and yet they have had some remarkable successes in their pilot project and are about to launch a second project as well. Read through their website and see if their goals and methods are a fit for the way you look at problems and solve them, and then donate - it doesn't matter how little as long as we each give a bit.
Above: the international team working in Ghana.
Courtesy of worldreader.org
Below, children in one of the first classrooms to start using Kindles in Ghana, are amazed at their new view of the world and with the fact they can take them home and share with their families.Courtesy of worldreader.org
Next, go to the Booklending.com website's blog http://blog.booklending.com/2011/04/helping-worldreader-change-kids-lives-with-books/ and read about the fundraising partnership Catherine has set up to tap her large membership and encourage them to take a one month challenge to donate $5000 worth of Amazon gift cards to worldreader.org - you will note that Amazon has partnered to sell discounted first quality Kindles to worldreader for distribution, so your gift dollars go much farther.
Follow the instructions on Catherine's blog entry to make a donation - I just did, and I feel a whole lot prouder of myself!!!
Back to quilting in my next post!!
Bye for now - Janet