The Bettan Garvi School Initiative

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This school initiative was inspired by Bettan Garvi, who together with her husband Arne Victor Garvi founded the Eden Foundation in Niger, West Africa [ www.edenfoundation.org]. Bettan's reason for coming to Niger was to see the children live beyond the age of five. In addition to her work as co-founder of Eden Foundation, helping the farmers of Tanout live sustainable healthy lives through food-production trees, she set up a Saturday kids group for the children of the Eden workers and of other families she knew. They would sing, play, draw and do various fun educational assignments. It was Bettan's dream to see all these kids in school and had she had the means to do so, she would have sponsored every one of them herself. Instead, she and Arne Victor sponsored six. When Bettan Garvi passed away in 2008, many people pitched in to continue supporting these six kids through school.

This triggered an initiative to invite people to sponsor one child through school, an initiative that quickly took off thanks to the encouraging response of all of you! As of late November 2014, we have 45 children sponsored in school and so the fulfillment of Bettan's dream continues!
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Dear supporters,

This is a message from Esther's family. Esther passed away tragically in a car accident on August 6, 2015.

This campaign has been deactivated.

For more information about the school children concerned, please visit the facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/312821678833455
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As many of you know, Zinder saw a dark day on January 17th 2015 when - fuelled by Boko Haram (the Nigerian terrorist group whose name literally means "The Book Is Forbidden") - anti-Charlie Hebdo rioters burned down churches, christian homes and the French Cultural Center in Zinder - our previously so peaceful town in Niger, West Africa. The French Cultural Center had the only library in town, and the kids in our school program used to go once a week to borrow a book of their choice.
As I was flying back from Asia and stopping by in Paris, I mentioned on my facebook wall that I would have room books in my suitcase. $675 poured in, and we were able to purchase 107 books! Though it did not replace the library that was lost, the kids loved the books, and instead of coming by to change their book once a week, they started coming twice a week, bringing back an armload of books home to read.
And read they did, reading books they understood and that they fell in love with. At the end of the year, the director of the school complimented the level of their vocabulary - complementing kids who did not speak a word French (the national language) only three years ago. Only reading could have done that.
The books were a fantastic investment and I would like to thank everyone that participated!

In a week from now, I will be passing through Paris again on my way down to Niger, and once again, I have a room for more books. Though not all of the 45 students in the Bettan Garvi School Initiative have read out all of the 107 books we brought last year - more than a dozen or so have. Because since we initiated our own little library, they've been reading and reading and reading. I did not put a limit to the amount of books they could bring them home as long as they looked after the books, and read they did. And nothing will make them catch up quicker than reading children's books that they trust that they really understand, which is what the Bettan Garvi Library is all about.

So if you'd like to make a book donation this year for the children of Zinder (Niger), the money will be used to buy books in French for the students of the Bettan Garvi School Initiative.

Because the love for reading is the first step to asking all those little questions that will eventually define who we are, and why we chose to do what we do.

Warm greetings from Sweden,
Esther

To read up on what happened on Janary 17th 2015:

BBC: "Five churches and French culture centre burned in Niger as Charlie Hebdo protests rage"
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-30863159

France24: "French centre in Niger set ablaze in Charlie Hebdo protests"
http://www.france24.com/en/20150116-niger-zinder-french-cultural-centre-set-ablaze-charlie-hebdo-protest-prophet-mohammed-cartoon

Mail Guardian Africa: "Five churches and French culture centre burned in Niger as Charlie Hebdo protests rage"
http://mgafrica.com/article/2015-01-17-at-least-two-churches-burned-in-niger-as-charlie-hebdo-protests-rage
Choosing from the Bettan Garvi Library
107 books were purchased in Febr 2015!
Serious readers! 3-5 new books a week!
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As many of you know, Zinder saw a dark day on January 17th 2015 when - fuelled by Boko Haram (the Nigerian terrorist group whose name literally means "The Book Is Forbidden") - anti-Charlie Hebdo rioters burned down churches, christian homes and the French Cultural Center in Zinder - our previously so peaceful town in Niger, West Africa. The French Cultural Center had the only library in town, and the kids in our school program used to go once a week to borrow a book of their choice.
As I was flying back from Asia and stopping by in Paris, I mentioned on my facebook wall that I would have room books in my suitcase. $675 poured in, and we were able to purchase 107 books! Though it did not replace the library that was lost, the kids loved the books, and instead of coming by to change their book once a week, they started coming twice a week, bringing back an armload of books home to read.
And read they did, reading books they understood and that they fell in love with. At the end of the year, the director of the school complimented the level of their vocabulary - complementing kids who did not speak a word French (the national language) only three years ago. Only reading could have done that.
The books were a fantastic investment and I would like to thank everyone that participated!

In a week from now, I will be passing through Paris again on my way down to Niger, and once again, I have a room for more books. Though not all of the 45 students in the Bettan Garvi School Initiative have read out all of the 107 books we brought last year - more than a dozen or so have. Because since we initiated our own little library, they've been reading and reading and reading. I did not put a limit to the amount of books they could bring them home as long as they looked after the books, and read they did. And nothing will make them catch up quicker than reading children's books that they trust that they really understand, which is what the Bettan Garvi Library is all about.

So if you'd like to make a book donation this year for the children of Zinder (Niger), the money will be used to buy books in French for the students of the Bettan Garvi School Initiative.

Because the love for reading is the first step to asking all those little questions that will eventually define who we are, and why we chose to do what we do.

Warm greetings from Sweden,
Esther

To read up on what happened on Janary 17th 2015:

BBC: "Five churches and French culture centre burned in Niger as Charlie Hebdo protests rage"
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-30863159

France24: "French centre in Niger set ablaze in Charlie Hebdo protests"
http://www.france24.com/en/20150116-niger-zinder-french-cultural-centre-set-ablaze-charlie-hebdo-protest-prophet-mohammed-cartoon

Mail Guardian Africa: "Five churches and French culture centre burned in Niger as Charlie Hebdo protests rage"
http://mgafrica.com/article/2015-01-17-at-least-two-churches-burned-in-niger-as-charlie-hebdo-protests-rage
The Bettan Garvi School Library
New books for the library (Feb 2015)
Serious readers! 3-5 new books ev. week!
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Asnate (19), needs your help. She is one of the victims of the anti-Charlie hebdo riots that took place in Zinder on January 19th, resulting in burnt down churches and Christian homes throughout the country. She and her mother Ruth lost everything in the fire: their home, their car, their furniture, their clothes, and all of Asnate's school books. You can read about their story on the 8th update at:

http://www.gofundme.com/zinder

This request is for Asnate in particular. We are looking for a temporary sponsor this year who would want to support Asnate with €75 , to replace all the school books that were lost in the fire. She is in her last year at St Joseph and if all goes well, she can graduated at the end of the year, despite the tragedy that has taken place.

Warm greetings from Zinder!
Asnate, one of the Zinder riot victims
Asnate and her mother Ruth
With Asnate after the riots
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Fiona Hugosson-Miller
77 months ago

Hi. I managed to donate directly from this page Esther even though I live outside the US.

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Esther Garvi
77 months ago

Wow... I set up this page less than twelve hours ago and we've already raised half of what we need!! A big THANK YOU to everyone who has donated so far!

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$50
Anonymous
41 months ago (Offline Donation)
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$50
Susanne
41 months ago (Offline Donation)

Till böcker till barnen

$25
Fiona Hugosson-Miller
41 months ago
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May learning to read give these lovely kids wings to dream and do!

VP
$100
Valérie Paul
45 months ago (Offline Donation)

Pour Asnate

GT
$20
Gunnar Thornander
47 months ago

Hoppas allt går väl med återuppbyggnaden och att liknande utbrott inte inträffar igen.

$25
Fiona Hugosson-Miller
47 months ago

Here's to love and learning for all - no matter what they believe in.

RW
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Rakel & Willie
76 months ago (Offline Donation)
PK
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Peter & Kerstin
76 months ago (Offline Donation)
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Marie-Louise
76 months ago (Offline Donation)
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Anonymous
76 months ago
Fiona Hugosson-Miller
77 months ago

Hi. I managed to donate directly from this page Esther even though I live outside the US.

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Esther Garvi
77 months ago

Wow... I set up this page less than twelve hours ago and we've already raised half of what we need!! A big THANK YOU to everyone who has donated so far!

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