UPDATE [August 14, 2009]
Over the past few months, the project has grown! And here is a brief update.
- At the end of April/May, PCVs Kate Cook, Siobhan Perkins, Laura Hurley and myself had selected a total of 25 community and school libraries for this project.
- Mid-June, Mr. Fondugallah, a Cameroonian living in St. Paul, MN contacted me and we added the Limbé and Lewoh City Library.
- Mid-July, RELUFA resource library in Yaoundé was added to the project.
- Late-July, a community in Kognoli, Adamoua was added in collaboration with a RELUFA contact.
- Early August, final library is added to the project for the clan of Fondonera in the West Province.
The project is now covering 30 school/community libraries. Library management training will take place in the early months of 2010. We are still raising money to fund the tranportation cost for Phase I. Phase II is underway in collaboration with Biblionef and l’AESCO. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation to help us along, please click here.
[May 1, 2009]
In a nutshell…
- I am bringing 30 libraries to Cameroon.
- We need $11,500 in collaboration with Books For Africa.
- It takes 2,300 people to donate their next $5 latte/beer/burger to make it happen!
- Now, please help us: Http://www.booksforcameroon.org
- Donation is 100% Tax Deductible!
If you care enough, below is the rest of the blah blah blahs. Enjoy!
The project began with my desire to fill a 4-room school near my house with some books and begin programs to help students discover the joy of reading and learning. After contacting several NGOs, Books For Africa replied and say they would supply a 40-foot container full of English books (approx. 22,000) if we can raise the shipping and customs fee of $10,000. Since it is an all-or-nothing deal, I sent out a few emails to fellow volunteers and expanded the project across three provinces and reaching 30 schools/community libraries.
Since most of the participating schools are in the Francophone region and Cameroon is a country striving for its bilingualism, we have split the project into two phases with this first phase focusing on the English books and the 2nd phase with French books. Volunteers participating in this project have sent out project applications to ensure each school is dedicated and meet the following criteria: supply in-country transport cost, supply a well-secured classroom complete with shelves, tables and chairs for a functioning library, and committed staff who will participate in library management training.