When we were building Mahiga Hope Library, our 1,000 Voices for Hope campaign expanded to include a book drive called 1000 Books for Hope with a goal of adding 1,000 quality donated books to the English and Kiswahili language books we were buying in Kenya. We asked people in the States to select one or more favorite books, add a personal note and their name inside the cover and send to The Nobelity Project for transfer to Kenya.
The program was a great success and I noticed that the students at Mahiga were soon choosing books to read in the new library by reading the personal notes, which became a direct connection between the American donor and the students in Kenya.
To mark the graduation of Mahiga Hope High's first graduating class, we have now launched a second round of 1000 Books for Hope. This time we're collecting 1,000 books for each of our five Kenyan school libraries, including Mahiga Hope High School.
The address for sending donated books is on our site at www.nobelity.org - as are a large number of drop-off sites if you have to live in Austin.
We have shipping partners in the U.S. and in Kenya, but the ocean-freight for 5 pallets of books is till costly. A donation through Global Giving in any amount will help pay those shipping costs. And a $250 donation will fund an entire shelf of library books.
Check out all the details and the wonderful footage of Mahiga 3rd graders reading "Where The Wild Things Are" in our great 1000 Books for Hope video.
And thanks for all your great support, and for making this wonderful journey of education possible for the students of Mahiga, Kenya.
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