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CARE and Bookwish need you…

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To celebrate the beautiful weather we are having at the moment, here is a very Spring-like book.

This post is going to be a rather serious one. RennyBA and his wife, DianeCA have beeen drawing attention to a fundraising effort which is going on in Oslo, where they both live. You can read about it here on Renny’s blog. The charity which is being supported is called CARE

which is one of the first to respond in emergencies such as natural disasters or civil conflict. Their projects directly assist survivors of natural disasters and conflict through immediate relief and longer-term community rehabilitation, which includes food, temporary shelter, clean water, sanitation services, medical care, family planning and reproductive health services, and seed.

The focus is on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help entire families and communities escape poverty.”

A couple of days ago, I received an email from Logan Kleinwaks, which said this

I recently started a nonprofit, Book Wish Foundation, to provide reading relief for people in crisis. Our first project focuses on three Darfur refugee camps in eastern Chad (more than 60,000 residents, 20,000 of them students) and 18 nearby villages (with more than 19,000 people enrolled in literacy, primary school, or pre-school programs). On the project Wish List are requests for library construction, reading glasses, English-Arabic and French-Arabic dictionaries, secondary school textbooks, English language course material, solar-powered CD players (to play the audio component of the English course), and school supplies. Our website www.bookwish.org just opened to the public a few days ago, and I am trying to spread the word to book lovers about our mission and the specific needs we are trying to meet in this project.

I would be grateful if you would inform other bibliophiles about our cause, or, at least, share a link to www.bookwish.org. If you have any ideas for publicity in the book world, please let me know!”

As I heard about this in the week that I had read Renny’s moving post and was also in the throes of clearing out my book collection (which includes all the text books and teacher training material from my PGCE course) I feel there is a certain synchronicity at work and so I would like to add my voice to those of others promoting these worthwhile causes.

Please do all you can to support and promote CARE and Bookwish in any way you can. Thank you.

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11 responses to “CARE and Bookwish need you…

  1. Pingback: Care for Women Living in Poverty

  2. RennyBA February 11, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Thanks for adding your voice Diane and in a very contributing way. Its for a good cause and your very supportive – of course they deserve all they can get.

    And what coincident since bookwish focus on Dafur too as my wife Diane recently had a post about it.

    Your a great blog friend and supporter – thank you!

  3. Lynda February 11, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    What a wonderful cause and we will also show our support on Delightfulblogs and Delight.com. Thank you SO much for submitting your oh-so-lovely blog to Delightfulblogs. I’m positive the gals and guys who visit the directory will flip when they discover your blog.

    Best from Los Angeles,
    Lynda Keeler

  4. laketrees February 12, 2008 at 7:25 am

    a very worthy cause indeed ….
    your latest book reminds me of a dress I once had…
    those prints were very big back in those days and yes …very springtime…
    my ….you have a big backyard !!

  5. Diane February 12, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Lynda – good news – and thanks for supporting the CARE and Bookwish.

    Kim – it’s such a pretty paper. The taupe colour and the turquoise are a match made in heaven!

    My garden only goes up to the fence unfortunately, but I do have a great view! Especially as they are not allowed to build on the field beyond my garden…. :-)

  6. Durano Lawayan February 12, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Diane,

    This is a cause that needs the support of everyone. I’ll visit the site link and to see what specifically I can do to help.

    I knew the books in your shelves would be very useful for others, but I had no idea it would be this soon! :-) –Durano, done!

  7. Teresa February 12, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Coincidentally, I had just donated some books to children in Africa (there’s a friend of a friend from our local Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators chapter who has been making regular trips to Africa and noted a need for books for school children in the poorest areas).

    What a wonderful project; I will post it to my SCBWI e-list.

    And Diane, I love the blossoms book…if you placed it on Etsy, I’d gobble it up right away!

  8. Diane February 13, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Durano – thank you for that. As they say every bit helps! :-)

    Teresa – it’s good to know things we no longer need are put to good use, isn’t it?
    Thanks for the link.

    The blossoms book has your name on it :-)

  9. Teresa February 13, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Woohoo! :) Mine, mine, mine (or will be after payment…haha), and no one else can have it. Nyeah, nyeah!

    Sorry…just being really silly! ;)

  10. Sameer February 14, 2008 at 4:56 am

    nice information thanks for sharing.

  11. Diane February 15, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Teresa – you can be a silly as you like! In fact, it’s compulsory here!

    Sameer – you are very welcome!

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