As many of you know, I somehow got myself into this silly project of bringing 28 bilingual libraries to Cameroon. All I wanted was some books for this tiny 4-room school by my house. How the project manifested into such scale, I haven’t a clue.
Either way, here we are, trying to raise funds to pay for the shipping fee requires for a 40-foot container of books to come from the US (about 22,000 books), in collaboration with Books For Africa. I suppose it’s been about a month that I’ve been sending out emails, bugging the crap out of you on Facebook and Twitter, yet we are barely at $1,000. How much do we need? $11,500. Riiiight.
$11,500 may seem like a lot of money at lump sum, but if you break it down, it only takes 2,300 people to donate $5 to reach the goal. You are telling me in this day in age with all the social networks, I can’t find 2,300 people to give up their next $5 latte/beer/burger? I hope humanity is better than that.
That’s not all. In phase II, we’ll be needing roughly the same amount of money to get French books, in collaboration with Biblionef and l’AESCO. Yikes.
So anyway, I am desperate. I am calling for help. Literacy is something most of us take for granted. Yet here, most people can’t read. Think about if you can’ read – how your life would be different? We want to help Africans to help themselves. But if they can’t read, how far can they go? I want to change the fact that most of the people I’ve met here has never seen a library in their entire life, and if they did, it’s because they were privileged enough to go to a university.
Can you contribute some pocket change and help me make this project a reality? If you are a small business owner, this is a perfect tax write-off! Let’s help Africans help themselves by giving them the resources. Tell your friends and neighbors!
To make a tax-deductible donation: Http://tiny.cc/booksforcameroon
To follow us on Facebook and look at adorable pictures, and read stories that’s been published about the project: Http://tiny.cc/booksfc
Thank you all for your support!