I've made it to Dakar safely and am working on transitioning to the Senegalese lifestyle! Wolof & French speaking, bargaining taxi prices, and FISH! Lot's of it actually... After traveling for 2 days I was completely jet lagged and a little delusional about what day it even was but am beginning to adjust quite nicely.
I can't believe its been 4 years already! Fortunately my friends here remember me from the initial trip. Waly and I have been planning and coordinating meetings with American and Senegalese orgs who may have more material and funds to donate which we will meet with next week to get more information about.
In the meantime I ask that my fellow friends and colleagues abroad connected continue to donate as I wait to hear back from BOOKS FOR AFRICA and their partners about the price it will cost to ship a pallet of 1000 books from them. Shipping typically takes about a month so please don't wait! I will be posting pictures of my first days here soon!
Jere Jef [Thank you in Wolof]
Waly taking a minute to say hello!
Mariane gave me the name Abdoulaye! #TBW
Episode I of The Niombato Library Project in Senegal 2015: "COUNTING DOWN". Please take a moment to watch and share the news! I will be leaving on the 14th of March but still have work to do for the next week. Any help you even consider is good and donating directly is GREAT! I will be working on securing digital media resources to ship with the books packaged. Thank you in advance.
Another week of quality work! I've completed the list of books that we will be shipping (95% French). Huge thank you to everyone involved in the last week from Mary Jane Books donating 3 boxes of awesome material, Phil Enriquez from Honest Weight helping me package and reinforce the boxes, to the most recent donations from Jake and Berta Sims! None of this could have been done without YOU! Every book, every dollar, and even question I've been asked has helped me develop and understand this project and myself more! I am leaving next month but I STILL NEED YOUR HELP. Please continue to donate and share, no amount is too small and I've only purchased a one-way ticket! Haha Love you mom!
Mary Jane Books!
Ready for shipment!
This last week has been such an inspiring week filled with reflections and new goal setting. Two of the most relevant people in my life at this time have had birthdays this past week! Atito Gohi (drum instructor) and Waly Faye (Liasion in Senegal) and it has helped keep me grounded and focused!
I just finished putting the list of books to be sent together! What a relief to know the brunt of collecting and organizing is DONE! I am still expecting more books from Mary Jane Books but these boxes are FULL! (and heavy) so I think it's time to reinforce. Huge Thank You to everyone who has been so helpful these last 2-3 weeks! Badara Diagne, Mario Arthur, Rosy Galvan, Shanna Goldman, Berta Sims, Phil. Still so much more to do though! Please continue to support and share as we go into the shipping and receiving phase! See you soon.
Might have to repack with reinforcement!
List of Books to be shipped
What a great way to start the month of February it has been! Friends came over Saturday and Sunday this first weekend to help start organizing and documenting the books that I am only WEEKS away from shipping! Please don't wait to be a part of this project. I am planning another weekend evening with 6-8 friends who have laptops to help finish documenting! Any volunteers? SERIOUSLY! Food and music WILL be provided!
Hello and good morning! Another friend just donated $40 to this project! It feels like the 3rd quarter and I can't let up now. At this point I will begin looking for tablets or E-Books to purchase and ship with the books I've been collecting. The 2 shipping options are an overnight delivery which is a bit more pricey or by boat which can take a few weeks. So let's see how much more material I can acquire for the next 3 weeks. Luckily there is a Senegalese community with much experience with customs and shipping here in Alb's! Next stop: Mary Jane Books!
Happy Sunday! I just received $100 donation from fellow drum and dance mate Petra Langner. You've been so helpful already donating books and now directly since connecting with you at Atito and Lisa's classes. Thank you so much! See you Saturday.
I took a trip to visit Grassroot Givers in Albany, NY and I must say aside from the beautiful facility they have, the work being done here is remarkable! Truly a GEM hidden in the Capital District... I was beginning to feel overwhelmed receiving all the material thinking how will I ever keep track? Am I really about to set up a library based on the Dewey system in my house! The beauty of starting from the very beginning is we don't have any rules to follow but everything to learn from! So lets just go by subject or color hah. Any volunteers? Lunch on me. Two boxes of books to add to the collection and it is shaping up! Thanks Mary and everyone at Grassroot Givers for your great work in the Capital District Region! #Grassrootgivers #payitforward #liveworkinspire
Mary Partridge-Brown of Grassroot Givers
What a great and refreshing weekend in the big city! It was filled with family, networking, self-analysis, and the power of intent. I know there is SO much more resonating with me subconsciously I will hopefully share as well.
Over the past week I've been able to connect with some local organizations and SUNY student groups who have books they will be allowing me to add/collaborate efforts to add to the collection!
Have you checked out the "Call For Books" event on Facebook? More specifics regarding appropriate material listed there in the link below! Thanks.
I've recevied 2 more donations from great people yesterday! Momentum is definitely on this side with OVER half of my goal being raised, BUT we are not done! Thank you friends, family, colleagues, EVERYONE for your support you are all helping to make this a reality! I've found PURPOSE and am navigating through the limitless universe with your help to make it a reality! #jerejef
Coming home last night to two individual donations was AMAZING! These have just put me over the half way mark! Thank you friends, every bit counts.
A few local businesses have also expressed interest in donating BOOKS. I will be collecting them until February which means YOU can pass along some of the knowledge you've had access to. Visit the Facebook "CALL FOR BOOKS! " page for more info.
Good Morning! SAVE THE DATE JANUARY 31st, at Albany Barn I will be hosting Sabali to benefit this Library Project! BRING A BOOK you'd like to donate FRENCH or ARABIC preferred.
*Check out the CALL FOR BOOKS Facebook EVENT PAGE for more details.
**SAVE THE DATE JANUARY 31st!
Happy Sunday. I am just under halfway! With a $46 donation today I will reach $1500 raised. Don't wait! Please continue to support by donating any amount directly ($5, $10, $20), donating books, or sharing with a person who you think would be interested in my campaign. Thanks for all the continued support!
So I mentioned 2 weeks ago coming home to a $100 donation, which was from a fellow employee! Thanks again for your contribution Tanya!
New grounds have been broken! In the past 2 days we've received a $75 donation and a French-Arabic-English Dictionary (in addition to some of the most recent World Atlas and Almanacs).THANK YOU! New communities of people and places have come into light, the universe is truly limitless! I will be aggregating a list of the books I've already received in the different languages to manage any duplicates easier.
Thank you all for your continued support!
Atlas, Almanac, French Botanical Dict.
Just came home to a $100 donation from a VERY special person who posted as ANONYMOUS! I wonder if she or he will let me spill the beans! DEFINITELY have to get some cool Sabali merch or something... I know who you are! #payitforward
Great day to receive a box of books from Boston University! Huge thank you to the African Studies Library on the campus and Beth Restrick for all of your work! See you in Grad School! Hah #youneverknow
Albany Barn Board Member Helena Heath stopped by last month's Sabali at Albany Barn's Stage 1 gallery and in addition to holding down the Shekere for a majority of the night purchased two raffel (intentional typo) tickets for this SINGLE Sabali Sweater. There are 250 tickets that are being sold for $1 a piece, the winner of the raffel will be announced at this months Sabali at Albany Barn. Find out how you can purchase tickets at the Sabali facebook page at www.facebook.com/sabaliofficial
Albany Barn Board Member Helena Heath
After taking a long overdue trip to SUNY Albany campus this past week I met with Professor Debroah Lafond. Debroah is one of the Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Award chair members and has helped me navigate 2 boxes of books from the libraries donation department. Thanks a bunch Ms. Lafond! Looking forward to connecting with the other members!
Friends and colleagues I will be collecting books until November please make sure you have added what you'd like to have in the Library to me by then!
Some books recently collected from HWFC
I've put the book drop off box back up at the Honest Weight Food Co-op. Friends in the Capital District Region PLEASE drop off any books you'd like to donate to this project there. We are seeking books that would be in the "Reference Section" in the library such as Dictionaries, Encylopedias, and Almanac's. **French Preferred**
All other books will be appreciated and may be considered for shipping.
**The box will only be there for a FEW SHORT WEEKS so make sure you stop by soon!
NLP Book Drive @Honest Weight Food Co-op
I'd like to thank everyone a part of Sabali this past weekend! 4 shirts were sold and 2 boxes of books donated! I'll be heading to the city to get more info regarding cost of barrels and volume in which the books will be shipped in. More info soon!
Quick PSA: If you have ordered a Sabali T-shirt I am expecting to get them in about 10 days. I apologize for the delay as I know you are probably excited to wear it... If you'd like to order one and support The Niombato Library Project you can pre-order online here by donating $20 or contact me directly for $15. Thanks in advance for your patience and support!
Only 8 more days until Sabali, a monthly celebration of traditional culture! Join us as Master Dancer/Drummer Atito Gohi leads with Ivorian drumming. Albany Barn's Stage 1 Art Space right in the heart of the Capital District Region! http://www.albanybarn.org/ai1ec_event/sabali/
Bring a book to help support The Niombato Library Project's book drive in Senegal, West Africa.
Got these three books from my last pick-up at Honest Weight Food Co-op and I have a feeling they are going to make a great addition to the library!
Latest pick-up from HWFC
Books are being collected, funds are being allocated and awareness is raised! Please take a moment to learn more about this project and how you can get involved. For those of you in the Capital District Region don't forget to join us this Saturday for Sabali at Albany Barn's Stage 1 Art Space.
Some of the books recently collected!
Sabali was a great success last night! I'd like to thank everyone who made it out and am looking forward to seeing you at the next one!
Join us Saturday February 22nd at Albany Barns Stage 1 Art Space for Sabali! A Monthly celebration of traditional culture with music, spoken word, and storytelling.
*Proceeds will benefit The Niombato Library Project in Senegal, West Africa.
Public Service Announcement:
For the record NO! I've never helped build a library. I don't even speak French that Great! And I've never shipped or received ANYTHING internationally.
But what I do know is this NEEDS to be done. The foundation has been laid. This feeling of not knowing what to expect or the proper way to go about this project is one of the reasons I took it on. EXPERIENCE!
Perhaps I could be of assistance to a young revolutionary 30, 40, 50 years from now. Until then though I'm going to promise to do the best that I can. Join me in this journey!
Hey! In transition from one space to another new space which has in itself been exciting, stressful, and full of great experiences I've decided to move the location of Sabali this month to 56 Second St. SAME DATE!!
Saturday January 25th, 2014
Doors will open at 7:30pm
See you soon!
Books are currently being collected!
If you have any Reference books such as Dictionaries, Almanacs, Atlases, Thesauruses, OR classic novels written by African heritage authors or send them this way! French, English, Arabic, Wolof, are all acceptable.
Proud to announce The Niombato Library Project was recently selected for the 2013 Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Award!
Please continue to support by donations and sharing! Any amount will make a difference
NLP was recently awarded $500 grant!
One week from today we will be hosting our 2nd monthly event "SABALI" at Stage 1 in Albany, New York to raise funds for the project. Please continue to donate, share, and support in the meantime.
Thank you as always!
August 31st, doors open at 7:30 pm.
The first show at Stage 1 "Sabali" was a great success. I would like to take this time to thank everyone who made it out for the evening.
The next one will be held Saturday August 31st at 7:30 save the date!
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!!!!
Doors open at 7:30 show starts at 8:00.
Too Deep Ent. Urban Guerilla Theatre & The Washington Park Drummers in one venue!
$7 will get you food, music, and some of the best performances in the Capital District Region.
Proceeds go to The Niombato Library Project.
You are not going to want to miss this!
We will be hosting a show SATURDAY, July 27 as a fundraiser for the Niombato Library Project. If you are in the Capital District Region you will not want to miss it, if you're not you may want to take the trip!
Just to clarify for those wondering the project will be pushed back to the fall to ensure we achieve our goal with no compromise. I encourage you to continue the donations, sharing of the page, and support!
We will be coordinating an event at the event of this month to raise funds in the capital district region that you wont want to miss.
More details to come soon!
"Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet."
Hey! Check out our live session jamming with with T_Wheels of WCDB as well as an interview about the Niombato library project and the future of Sound of Roots.
Dont forget to donate, like, and share the page!
Check out our next performance June 2nd in Saratoga, proceeds will go to Seeds for Peace International and The Giving Circle.
Check it out!
Please keep in mind EVERYTHING we do online, all performances, and photos is to help benefit our library project in Senegal. Take a minute to find out more about the project and what YOU can do to get involved and help provide access of resources to disenfranchised students.
Caught in the moment.
Smile for the camera!
Bass, tone, slap!
Sound of Roots jamming!
Our last drumming circle was a success! Look out for the pictures coming soon.
In the meantime please continue to donate, like, and share our page!
I was hanging out in the station Friday night after work and ran into fellow WCDB DJ T_Wheels while doing his show Funky Corners. He was playing some soulful tunes and we decided to jam for a bit and started discussing the current library project we are working on.
Check out the interview as well as myself on the drums.
Please continue to donate, like, and share the page with friends and family. Your continued support is much appreciated.
Great way to start ANY morning!
Close the digital divide!
Come celebrate Earth Day with us this Saturday down in the South end! A day of food, entertainment, and raising awareness of what YOU can do to help protect Mother Earth!
If there was one book you would incorporate into our library project what would it be?
Mine would be Manchild in The Promised Land; An autobiographical novel about Claude Brown, a young boy growing up in Harlem during the 40's and 50's who used education to get out but eventually come back and help his community.
This is where we will be hosting the library.
Karang High School
I just received a few photos of the Niombato area; including the facility we will be hosting the library in. Check them out! Dont forget to share the page with your friends and family!
Today marks the anniversary!
Then Senegalese president Leopold Senghor began the World Festival of Black Art which would be held every 10 years. This Festival was designed to celebrate the richness and diversity of art and culture of Africans across the globe.
Lets keep the dream alive by celebrating the diversity of African culture!
Just over 10% of our goal of 3,000! With just over 2 months before departure we are behind but not by much.. Please continue to share with friends and family.
SAVE THE DATE!
Come check out Sound of Roots Friday April 5, 2013!
Fuerza Latina's cultural celebration portion of their 23rd National Latino Collegiate Conference featuring a performance by us!!
Doors open at 7:30 in the Campus Center Ballroom at the UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY.
$70 raised in the last week! Thank you all for your generosity. We are now just under 10% of reaching the overall goal! :)
Thank you ALL for your support. Please continue to share with your friends and family helping us get to our goal much easier!
I just applied for a grant from the African Studies Association which offers the shipment of books to countries abroad. This would fund the books shipment from here to Senegal saving the entire project cost close to $750.00....FINGERS CROSSED**
Tomorrow I will be meeting with the students interested in the Study Abroad program and where I will be telling them about my experience in Senegal! If YOU are interested or have any question about the "Cultures and Customs of Senegal" program contact me at SoundofRoots@gmail.com
Your continued support is much appreciated any donation will help bring us a step closer to reaching our goal!
With the hard work and generosity of everyone we will be able to reach our goal of $3000 you can help today!