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CARE and Bookwish need you…


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 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 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.