A walk across The Gambia to promote literacy.
My name is Lamin M. Dibba commonly called by friends and family Lang Dibba or Goalkeeper Lang. I am a board member of Hand in Health (HIH) a Minnesota based NGO. HIH has been supporting health and education in The Gambia since 2006.
About a year ago I was contacted by Ms. Megan Meyer, Executive Director of HIH, to meet and discuss how we can work together to help the people of The Gambia, my birth place. She got me very excited… We met, form new partnerships, nurture old relations and here we are heading to The Gambia to kick off the project and deliver, as a start 44,000 books, already in the country to local schools, the university and libraries for our youth and adult learners.. The generous support of folks like you made this possible.
HIH recently partnered with Books for Africa (BFA) with a goal to increase access to needed books, help improve the literacy rate and support the United Nations Development Goals of educating women and children in The Gambia. Together we plan to send one million books and build up to six regional libraries in The Gambia, over a 3 to 5 year period.
The founder of Books for Africa, Tom Warth, our HIH Executive Director, Megan Meyer, Director of the Law & Democracy Initiative of Books for Africa, Lane Ayres and I, along with many others will be in The Gambia mid February, We plan a Book Walk on February 17, 2012 in Banjul to visit and deliver books to local schools.
A two day African Book Walk is scheduled in the provinces. We will walk from border to border on the Trans-Gambia highway, from the Senegal (Cassamance) border on the south to the Senegal border on the north by Farafenni. Each participating school will be given about 500 books as a start.
Our team plan to meet with stakeholders: government, businesses, schools, educators, and interested agencies about ways to support this most important initiative. We are requesting your financial assistance so that we can continue to send more books and computers to the children of The Gambia. If you know of an individual, organization or institution that can help in this regard, please forward this email.
Hand in Health and Books for Africa are asking you to support our walk and donate to help us deliver even more books on the African Book Walk. A CONTAINER holds 22,000 books and costs $10,000 to transport to The Gambia. An additional forty three 40 ft containers of books and computers is needed to meet our project plan objectives.
Every dollar you donate brings us closer to our goal. Each member of the team is paying for their participation in the African Book Walk so all of your donations will go directly to getting books in the hands of both youth learners and adults who aspire to learn to read.
You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want." — Zig Ziglar: Author and motivational speaker
Thank you very much for your generous support,
Lang and the African Book Walk team
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