The Wave Library (updated September 2022)
The Wave Library is Forbi Perise's dream to give kids access to resources through a public library in his hometown Buea, Cameroon.
"Young people can create incredible change in the world when they put their minds and efforts into it. Often what they need to be successful is innovation -- something different that they have not seen before - to intrigue them and wake them up to new possibilities." - Forbi Perise
Books and other printed materials have impacted people and communities over the years, and it is no doubt that books with an environmental background can help shape the minds and behavior of young people for the benefit of our planet. When young people learn about the environment in a fun and educational way, they turn to make decisions that are sustainable. While young people are the future of our planet, it remains imperative for us to provide them with the resources required to make informed decisions.
Since 2021, the Wave Library has collected more than 700 books.
The community library will serve as a hub for collecting and distributing resources for youth in the area to gain a deeper understanding of the environmental issues around them. It will be a physical location where books, magazines, and other written materials will be housed, and it will also serve as a meeting space for the young people to interact and share their ideas for a better future.
Forbi Perise, also known as "The Plastic Man," is an environmental leader and activist from Buea, Cameroon, currently working at ThinkOcean. In 2020, Forbi Perise was among the inspiring young speakers at the United Nations World Oceans Day. In the process of doing this work, Forbi Perise has found that many youths are incredibly passionate and eager to learn. However, they are challenged by the lack of resources for environmental education in Cameroon. This is how The Wave Library idea was born.
I set up this fundraiser over two years ago to support Forbi with his dream.
But how did Forbi & connect ...
Forbi Perise was one of the inspiring young speakers at the 2020 United Nations World Oceans Day. He fights against plastic pollution in Cameroon and encourages us all to protect the environment.
I met Forbi through our shared passion to fight plastic pollution, and I feel very passionate about his dream. Being an author myself, I share his goal to use education to empower young students and to build up knowledge that can then help us all to protect our planet.
I have been very fortunate that people have generously donated many second-hand books for his library, which I have now sent to Cameroon and I continuously planning to send them. I still need support to help Forbi to make his dream come true. Would you be part of this project and support us? I'm sure the children will be forever thankful.
Your help to finance the shipping costs from France to Cameroon through the GoFundMe campaign is crucial. We appreciate your support. Any amount will make a difference, no matter how small.
Our journey with photos and a video can be found on my website:
or the new official website
Without 'you', shipping them over would not have been possible. Thank you for being part of our journey!
Nina & Forbi