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“Reading is a joy and a gift that you are offering our children.
Your gift cannot be truly measured in dollars and cents but will be counted in the lives that you have touched.” Bob Smith
Day 351: Give 351
How many books do you have sitting collecting dust on your bookshelves?
How many could be donated for good?
Fall clean up has begun at our house and yesterday (Day 350) I found great ways to reuse for good by donating our cloths and household items. Today I had one more donation to make that is so important. Books.
We all like to save them for a rainy day with the thought we may pick them up and read them yet again. In my case it is children’s books that are overflowing at our house. Does my son really need a small library of books that are sitting downstairs when instead they could be put to good use by children that don’t have the luxury of books at home or in their school libraries?
It was time to take the books off the shelves and put the into the hands of children that truly need them. The Reading Tree was my charity of choice to get these books into the right little hands.
- Did you know that readiness levels for kids entering school can be directly tied to income levels?
- Did you know that 61% of low income families have no children’s books in the home?
- The books are out there. Thousands upon thousands end up in landfills each year.
The Reading Tree has drop boxes and will also come to your home for a pick up. They have locations across Canada and the US so we can all do our part to keep our books out of landfills and into the hands of people that will truly enjoy them. It will take just a few minutes of your time to do a lifetime of good.
Time Commitment: 15 minutes search drop location and drive to drop
“Free the child’s potential and you will transform him into the world”
Day 332: Give 332
My son just started Montesorri preschool a week ago and this give is in his honour as he begins his reading journey to discover the world.
I have been reading to my son since he was a baby. We are blessed with a large library of children’s books that take us around the world having great adventures every night before we go to bed. He is so excited to learn to read.
I could’t imagine what it would be like not have the luxury of books to feed his little mind. But there are many children all over the world that don’t have the luxury of books. There are not public library’s in every neighbourhood nor the money to afford such luxuries as a book for your child.
Here are a few quick facts on literacy around the world (quoted from DoSomething.org)
- One in five adults in the developing world — almost 862 million people — cannot read or write.
- Most illiterate persons are female. In more than 20 developing nations, illiteracy rates amongst women exceed 70%.
- As much as 115 million children of primary school age are not enrolled in school.
- More than 226 million children do not attend secondary school.
Will you click to give a child the gift of a book?
Time Commitment: 30 seconds
Day 236: Have you got 3 seconds to Give? Watch this Inspirational Video and help send 2000 Girls to School in Malawi
If you have already watched this video, you may have been shocked by the “stats” of girls around the world. Here are a few highlights taken directly from the video.
- In many places in the world girls are ignored
- They are not given a chance to choose their future
- Girls get married before they are women
- Almost 50 million girls are not in school
- Of all the people in the world that are illiterate 64% are women
- 60% of the poorest people are women
- An extra year of school year of secondary school increases a girl’s life time wages by as much as 25%
- Children of educated mothers are 40% more likely to live beyond the age of 5 years
Now with this knowledge, just click the link below and give with me today. I was dollar 55,992! What will you be?
Give 236: Day 236
We can all participate in this give. It takes just a minute to click, watch and give. Support one more girl to go to school in Malawi. Let’s change the way the world thinks about women and treats women. Let’s give them the hand up they need to create the life they want, not the life that is chosen for them.
Watch the “Join My Village” video and $1 gets donated to educate girls in Malawi! Share it via Twitter, facebook or email and get another dollar donated. It all starts to add up. If I do it and you do it and everyone one we know just clicks – the ripple effect will start and we will all be part of raising their $100,000 goal. Even better you can call yourself “Robin Hood” as you have now taken money from the pockets of the two sponsors, General Mills and Merck and given it to girls education through Care.
Just one more quick fact if you aren’t quite yet ready to click:
“Statistically, according to UNESCO’s 2005 Education For All monitoring report, only 31% of adult women can read and write in Malawi. This is shocking when compared to men – 80% of whom are literate.”
Time Commitment: 2 minutes ( watch video, tweet & Facebook)