June 16, 2011Matthew Olivier
This summer, LitWorld is bringing the power of story to hundreds of young people from Kenya to Harlem, and they need your help! Please note that the deadline is fast approaching as donations are being accepted until 6/30/2011. Visit the Amazon wishlist at http://tinyurl.com/litworlddrive
LitWorld is calling out to the community to help by donating books and school supplies as they embark on two important summer missions:
On July 8, 2011, members of the LitWorld team are headed to Kenya to visit our partners at the Children of Kibera Foundation. LitWorld works very closely with the Children of Kibera Foundation’s Red Rose School, where we run programs such as the Girls Clubs for Literacy Project. The Red Rose School is a beacon of hope for the children of Kibera, and is a positive learning environment providing education for children who are HIV/AIDS orphans.
Starting this summer, LitWorld will set up the Story Power Camp project, a summer reading enrichment program for the youth of the Children’s Village, Polo Grounds Community Center. The Story Power Camp aims to engage young people in reading and writing through fun, interactive activities, while encouraging each participant to boldly share their personal stories. The Children’s Village works in partnership with families to help society’s most vulnerable children so that they become educationally proficient, economically productive and socially responsible members of their communities.
FreeBalance has supported LitWorld in the past by participating in World Read Aloud Day in 2011 and 2010, a wonderful event that promotes community bonding by reading aloud together. This event brings attention to the importance of literacy for human development. And as FreeBalance has offices and employees around the world, we read aloud to children in local schools, SOS Children’s Villages, and orphanages in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic; Dili, Timor-Leste (East Timor); Guatemala City, Guatemala; Kampala, Uganda; Lisbon, Portugal; Ottawa and Montreal, Canada; Prishtina, Kosovo; Ramallah, Palestine; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and Washington, D.C., United States.
To contribute to the LitWorld Summer Book Drive, view their wishlist via Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/litworlddrive. Please note donations are being accepted until 6/30/2011.
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