Bookstores the size of small warehouses, a library in virtually every town, online bookstores that allow you to have virtually any book delivered to your home in a matter of days, and now, instant access to hundreds of thousands of digital ebooks. That’s what most of us take for granted. With our incredibly easy access to books in the US and other Western countries, it’s easy to forget that a significant number of the children around the world don’t have any books at all. Books are a luxury, that if they are available at all, can cost more than many families are able to afford. This year Passports with Purpose is working with Room to Read with the goal of raising $80,000 to build two libraries in southern and eastern Zambia. Funds raised will be used to cover the costs of constructing building, all the library resources such as books and educational materials, teacher training and three years of support. Learn more about the project here.
You can help give something to children in Zambia that you likely take for granted on a daily basis. Your gift will help children gain a better education and delight in the simple joy of reading. If you’d like to help, you can contribute by visiting the project donation page. I had originally planned to sponsor a prize that you could bid on but I dropped the ball. There are plenty of other incentive prizes for you to bid on, however. Just visit the donation page and have a look. I’ll try and be more on top of things next year. Oh, and Room To Read is a 501 (c)(3) charity so your donation is tax-deductible.