Hey I believe in storybooks and if you do too, then maybe you could donate? What childhood books have affected you as a human?
Here’s what I think: I think story books are a human right. I think everyone needs the beauty and levity of cats in hats, easily distracted mice and cookies, and magic beans. I can’t imagine what my life would have been, or who I would be now without the hours, probably easily the months I’ve spent lost in books.
If you’ve ever been inspired, touched, shocked, saddened, awestruck, tickled, or amazed by book, please give. Books broaden you world, they help inform your identity, they inspire, they engage, they empower.
What does it mean to live in a world without books, or any media at all? No TV, no internet. No newspapers. What does that look like?
Everyday I’m finding out. It means the The students don’t know who Nelson Mandela is. I asked a classroom of 10 year-olds to explain who he was and received blank stares in response. On a 93 degree day, with 110 percent humidity, I had goosebumps everywhere. Nelson Mandela! Martin Luther King Jr! Gandhi! Think of a world where they don’t exist. For the children of Frankadua, effectively these people never did.
Students can’t find the continent of Africa on a world map, let alone Ghana. They’ve never seen a globe or a model of the solar system. A large, colorful and laminated world map costs about 2 USD here. These things are easily affordable, and can be world altering.
If you’d like to send books, please send a package to:
79 Little Roses Street
Ashaley Botwe Old Town
If you’d like to buy books online and send them, please take a look at my amazon wishlist. We need very, very basic books for beginner readers.
If you’d like to donate money, click on the link! It’s at the top left of the page.
Books are beautiful and important, but so is clean water. That is priority number one. After the students have clean water, money will go towards books, bookshelves, tables and chairs, maps, computer repair and art supplies.
I’ve already spent a few hundred on this project but I won’t get much farther on my own. If you feel compelled, please give anything you can. I will be posting updates and pictures of everything I’ve received and bought.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, lots of love to you all from an ocean away. I’ll be in touch!