Sep 10, 2018

Books are exciting children all over

Children Loving to read
Children Loving to read

I was lucky to be born to an educated mother who knew the value of reading and education. Though she did not have the money to buy us books as a children, she used every chance after dinner to read to us the bible. This somehow left a mark on me, and later in life as I started to read, I have seen how reading has been able to impact and transform my life. 

Since we started this campaign to take 10 million books to 10 million children across the country, I have witnessed the same transforming power of books in several children. All children get extremely excited when chanced with holding a book they can call their own. 

Our teams have been going throughout the country to distribute books to communities and schools. In Nebbi, the children marked the car and whenever it parked they surrounded it and demanded for books so they can get a chance to read these interesting stories. In Northern Uganda, we went through communities and schools, stopping at every trading center and engaging with community members and at every school reading with the children. The excitement exhibited cannot truly be described in mere words. 

In Eastern Uganda, the inability for children in grade 6 and 7 to read reenergized our resolve to get as many books out as possible. We continue to understand the magnitude of the problem and how much more needs to be done to transform our reading culture and to get children to get excited about reading, learn to read so they can read to learn.

Thanks to your help, we have distributed over 6,000 books to children across the country and over the next few months, we shall be taking 2,500 books to refugee settlements in the north and western parts of the country, giving an opportunity for refugee children to enjoy these books as well. 

Please consider telling your friends and family about our project as your own - share the link on your blogs or social networks, use the tell-a-friend feature on the project page to email your network, or just bring us up in conversation. You know your friends and family best, so use your own words - tell them why you chose our project and what it means to you.

Jun 20, 2018

Thank you so much

One of our teacher training in Arua
One of our teacher training in Arua

Thank you for enabling us get this far.

In march last year, we wanted to join global giving and our target was to raise $5,000 from 40 unique donors. You could not have any of that, you instead gave over $40,000 and enabled us to achieve a lot more than we could have ever done. Because of your great generosity:

  • We have empowered, equiped  and engaged with over 6,000 teachers, and reached over 1 million children in 1,000 schools across the country, becoming a key partner to the government in promoting literacy.
  • Through the Spelling Bee program, a 12 year old boy's life was dramatically transformed when he travelled to the African Spelling Bee to represent Uganda and won, earning himself a university scholarship in one of the top 100 Universities in the world.
  • Our teacher training program has enabled teachers like Gusita to go further and dive into his career turning it into a vocation. He now supports our team going around the country to train other teachers on how best they can teach reading.
  • Through the year, we also launched into publishing beautifully illustrated and culturally relevant children's books, to get children to fall in love with books and read, like the two boys who could not read but enjoyed one of the books we have published, by looking at the illustrations and telling themselves stories from what they thought was going on.

All this has happened because of your generous contributions and donations. Thank you. This has started us on this journey to create a change and we know that we still have a long way to go and we invite you on this journey. 

As we went around doing all this, our attention was drawn to the fact that 7 of every 10 children in primary school can not read. Our desire is to get every child to at least own and read a book. We have therefore launched a campaign to get 10 million books to 10 kids around Uganda in the next 5 years. We invite you to join us on this journey as well.

Thank you again.

Girl Spelling Bee in Tororo
Girl Spelling Bee in Tororo
Kids reading just before a Spelling Bee
Kids reading just before a Spelling Bee
Jun 7, 2018

10 Million Books to 10 Million Kids - Yes We can!

Children showing off books they had received
Children showing off books they had received

In my village, a typical boy – call him Sam will drop out of school in grade 4 or 5 partly because he cannot read and comprehend and has failed to pass his end of year exams to go to the next class. After repeating this class once or twice he losses interest in coming to school, where he gets called names. Sam is one of the 70% of children in primary schools in Uganda who can not read and comprehend and so end up dropping out before they complete primary school.

When he drops out he will end up in the Sugar cane plantation cutting sugar cane to earn an income. Two years later, he is an active teenager with an income. As emotions rage on in his developing body, he makes a school girl almost his age pregnant. Their poor parents force them to get married because they can’t handle the burden of taking care of baby. Sam is allocated a small piece of land in his father’s compound where he builds his small hut and starts a family. By the time he is 25, he has 6 kids and is tired of his wife. He makes another school girl pregnant and makes her his second wife. By age 30, Sam is having multiple children, and several wives and concubines. He is no longer as energetic as he was before and several jobs pass him at the sugar cane plantation. His family demands have quadrupled and out of frustration he resorts to alcohol. Sam will most likely be dead before his 45thbirthday and his children, having no role model, will repeat the same cycle. 

It is this cycle that we are working to break. Our focus is on making learning fun, and enabling children to LEARN to READ so they can READ to LEARN. Through this campaign to take 10 million books to 10 million kids across the country, we believe we can make a difference. 

Many Children like Sam do not have access to books that they can relate to, and in many ways for them reading = exams which is not fun. This campaign is geared towards providing beautifully illustrated and locally relevant children’s books. 

Since the inception of this campaign, with your help we have gotten over 40,000 books into the hands of children, thanks to you and we hope we shall be able to continue this trend and get several children reading. We are still a long way to getting books into the hands of children. Please consider telling your friends and family about our project - share the link on your blogs or social networks, use the tell-a-friend feature on the project page to email your network, or just bring us up in conversation. You know your friends and family best, so use your own words - tell them why you chose our project and what it means to you.

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