Building the World's Libraries...help and feedback! (please)

posted on 10th of december, 2010

I have always wondered how i can make a diffrence in thsi world, after all the Ghandi quote "be the change you wish to see in the world" rings in my ears every morning when I wake up.
There is always the small things, like smiling, or saying hello to someone, helping a friend or giving someone a hug. These are things we can do on an every day basis.
For me though, for the last few years of my 20's I want to do something more. I am currently in Ecuador looking at what I can do to "be the change" I have done a lot of travel, but in most of my years around the world I have rarley seen a library for children. I'm not talking about the urban areas, but more in areas that are less populated or have less resources.
As a teacher, I believe every child deserves books. They give knowledge, and knowledge equals power and growth.
i understand that not everyone has the chance to go to school, but books without words are just as important. Have you ever traveled to a foreign country and been able to only read the pictures on the signs? This indeed proves that we do not always need words.
the next 2 years I am going to try and start up small lending libraries in developing countries. I am currently in Ecuador pondering all the logistics of it all, but I plan on calling it "Sowing the Seeds" because books plant ideas in our heads.
Any ideas or suggestions?
Thanks so much!

Comments (6)

Posted by Anhong on December 13, 2010
Very good idea. I hope you can be successful.
Posted by Elianehaykal on December 11, 2010
I hope your project becomes a success :)
Posted by Angelaostafichuk on December 11, 2010
Yes, there are some computers being brought over to Africa with the one child one laptop program, but with that program there are tons of problems. I have heard very little about this porgram in the last year as well.
What about schools that have no access to internet connectyions because trust me there are a lot of places in this world not open to wifi still...These kids don't need laptops, no child does. I mean we survived without them....
Books last longer in most cases and can tolerate being dropped.
We have to look at also the environmental cost of producing these laptops and what happens after they die....the environmental consequences are quite great.
Can these children bring their laptops home at night to read by candlelight or do they leave them at school? Books they can borrow and return, and so on. If you make a list of books versus computers for developing countires you might be surpised to see what wins over.
Posted by Davidwatmough on December 11, 2010
Lovely images and wonderful ideas. However isn't the internet and cheap computers now being supplied in Africa the answer rather than paper books?
I believe there are battery powered computers being supplied free in some countries............ but I am not sure and certain. David.
Posted by Joezachs on December 11, 2010
This is defintely a step in the right direction. The thought as well as the deed.
It is very important for children to read books, especially in their formative years. It is at that time, that things develop in their mind, and what they become (and think) in future is based on that.
Posted by Arim44 on December 10, 2010
It seems that you have what it takes to make a different,you got great idea,good luck. great images.

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