Last night DJing was a great time and opportunity to invest in my own project - so after taking care of my other needs I am putting $40 into my campaign offline bringing us up to $510 - I am also booking gigs from now until the end of May so if you or someone you know needs a DJ, Drummer, Motivational Speaker, or wants to do an interview in exchange of supporting my campaign send me an email or message!
Also, quick FYI we did not get to the $600 goal by the end of the day yesterday BUT I am confident we can do it before the end of the weekend and get us a good start into the 3rd week of my campaign. If I am going to send books we have got to raise at least twice as much and I am confident it can be done so lets make it happen.
Thanks for your support!
P.S. I am being told my emails via my Creative Centers campaign is not being received by subscribers and am working on it to hopefully have it taken care of soon! Thanks for your patience
We are moving along quite nicely in my campaign and I don't want you to miss the opportunity to receive some great products from Senegal so head over to my now and make a $50 donation for a chance to win.
There is no such thing as an amount too small TRUST me.
I have already made the decision to attend the conference and will be doing a whole bunch more media & business ventures while I am there and bring much more back to share.
And this campaign isn't just about allowing me to present my poster its innovative structure will allow leaders to open doors for other artists, businesses, and organisations.
Imagine a music video that supports artists from across the globe and also invests in local economy with member based support and production training...
Programs like Afropop Worldwide support Record Labels that document culture and tradition in rural villages and sound GREAT... I'd say the average kid in elementary school right now has more friends from different cultures, countries and continents than we can imagine. When we think about globalisation and commerce cultural understanding is IMPORTANT!!
Im not going to go off just yet but if you head over to the campaign and donate I might. I'd like to hear from you too by the way so feel free to write back and let me know what you'd like to see.
Follow me on social media too so you can see what I am up doing the other 22 hours of the day @taylorhillj
BIG THANK YOU TO the latest donors JOE P & Amy G the travel gerl.
your donation to my campaign has already made a difference in helping me register. The next step is to secure funds for shipping material that I will be ordering from a company based in Atlanta called Books for Africa. Lets get to the $100 mark so I can make this happen, then purchase my ticket.
Great news - I've raised just over 10% of my goal with your help so far! I am all registered for the conference and am have also put together a website for my app which will be used as a platform for indie artists', organizations, and businesses. I am super excited to be sharing the details about it but can't do it prematurely. Just know being subscribed here gets you first access to all of this exciting news and automatically makes you a member.
Don't forget! For every $50 donated you will be entered for a chance to win these great tasting Zena Exotic Fruit products. These are huge in Senegal and probably one of few here in the U.S. today! A part of my goal is to create a platform which people can interact and make these business exchanges wherever they are without too much overhead.
Stay tuned for my next video soon but if you have not yet, please take the time to share with people who you know would be interested. Thanks for all your support.
There is a changing landscape for artists', organizations, and businesses ESPECIALLY within the media industry. People are consuming more content and spending a lot less time searching for it, platforms are coming and going before we can make usernames, and the globe seems to be smaller than ever.
There is so much more opportunity for creative people to share their work with communities they may have never had the opportunity to before. Now is the time to set the model to balance the playing field and create opportunity for young people to looking to participate in the global economy.
I am currently fundraising to present my 'Creative Centers' presentation in Dakar and am asking for help. You can go check out my campaign now and donate to help support my presentation which I speak of this changing landscape and media initiative.
I know its been a while and I hope that you've been well.
This past year has been quite an interesting one; spending my last birthday in Dakar, coming back to work for NPR, and putting together proposals for art and research grant opportunities - not all have been successful but with patience and persistence I have broken new grounds! The American Anthropological Association chose my poster presentation titled "Creative Centers: The Digital Gap, Libraries, & Blooms Taxonomy Model!
I am super excited for this opportunity in which I will be able to share my experience about The Niombato Library Project and even visit it again as it's taking place in Dakar! I've spent the last couple days putting together a proposal for my campaign and am now asking for help. The conference is in June and I am in need of financial support.
This is such a great opportunity for many reasons such as the conference being modelled around innovation (which crowdfunding may even be considered such) allowing me to present new ideas to educators, organisations, and researchers with similar interest. Also being able to visit and document The Niombato Library Project and develop a stronger community in the West for business and communication.
After spending time in Africa I realised many things such as how impactful our work can be from the US and the importance of self-care. Also how powerful the internet can be in business and communication around the globe. I put together a proposal which can be viewed and fully details my initiative. If you could so generously take the time to view and donate to help me get to my goal it would be much appreciate.
There are great gift opportunities and incentives that I will be announcing if you'd like and will automatically enter you before. So for now I am sharing the link and am asking for your support.
Oh! Did I mention today is my birthday? On this day (April 11) 27 years ago I was put on the earth and feel like I have only begun to find my purpose in working for god and with Africa and people of it descent. Nothing like waking up with a purpose bigger than you!
I won't take too much of your time but go over to my new campaign, donate what you can, and share. Any amount will make a difference. Thanks in advance.
So grateful to have a connection to people with a genuine regard for not only each other but of the things we are mutually driven by; freedom, expression, and justice. It's been just over 2 months since I've come back from Senegal and know that my service in Afrika and it's people is not finished.
My good friend in the hills of Grafton, Leah dropped off some books from Soul Fire Farm to add to the collection I already have stored in my space which, soon will have to be sent to a place with better use. This GoFundMe campaign was the beginning of The Niombato Library Project and rightfully should continue to be a source of information and funding. How great it has been to continue seeing the growth of this seed from where it was planted to now and hopefully well into the future by the grace of god!
After asking for clarity, meditation, and prayer I know that waiting for the ideal time sometimes doesn't look like what we imagine. Sometimes we have to sit still, be quiet, and just listen to what the universe has been whispering. My experience and connections can't be taken away and the work that can be done here can be just as impactful as my physical presence with faith and hard work...
That all being said I will be opening this campaign and pick back up on the book drive this Fall and invite you to join me! Oh and thanks so much Leah and Jonah for the books!
Super excited to be launching Taylor Hill Foundation Inc.'s website with the primary initiative of course being The Niombato Library Project! Please take a minute to browse around the site. It is just the beginning so I will definitely be continuing to develop it more. Any and all feedback, questions, or concerns are welcome feel free to send an email or post to the link provided! #TaylorHillFoundation #NiombatoLibrary #SABALI
Apparently my latest video post was not visible to many people and I sincerely apologise for any confusion. I've uploaded my latest post that surely will not conflict with the copyright law as it is my music. Take a minute (or three) to check out my latest video post and share. Thanks so much for your patience and I apologise for keeping you waiting. Episode 5: Opening Ceremony!
I'm probably only going to ask once or twice because the original goal has been met. I recall talking to my brother about this campaign and raising the amount (I thought it was a little too ambitious but certainly understand now). Travel, food, housing, and even giving something to my colleague to help support the library after I depart are some of the few things I now know to include in my NEXT campaign. I have left this one open and would like to encourage you to donate any amount. It will not only help me get through the 4th quarter but returning back to NY safely. Please don't wait! Your $10 for lunch today will really go a long way and I've got so much to share with all of you, peace of mind will definitely make it a lot easier to do!
The "Cultures and Customs of Senegal" program, which developed in 2011 lead by SUNY Albany, Union College, and Albany College of Pharmacy, introduced me to the Senegalese reality. While attending, I had the opportunity to visit several unique places in Senegal and became aware of the disparities adolescence and youth face within the varying educational programs available. Mr. Waly Faye (liaison in Senegal) and program director at the West African Research Center (W.A.R.C.) has (in addition to directing us through the Study Abroad program) been a resident of the Niombato village who helped identify the need of a touring library in coalition with the Niombato Students Association. Mr. Faye as the president of Participatory Action for International Development (PAID) has described to me his broader plan to support literacy and education for middle and high school aged students. Within the broader plan is a specific plan to support a travelling library that will be accessible primarily to middle and high school students without fees or charges.
The main goal is to allow people, particularly students of the community to have access to resources of knowledge and media outlets such as internet, books on their syllabus, general books, articles etc. The library will be settled in the easily accessible village of Karang in which Waly is a member of. In addition to the library center in Niombato there will be a touring part in each of the four villages with local middle schools hosting several of the books for two months before giving it back for another one.
The initial phase that consists of locating an area, identifying its needs, and implementing a plan to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of the area based on the communities assets has been designed and implemented with the work of Mr. Faye and his position in the community. The second phase of the program, which encompasses fundraising, outreach, project analysis, book drives, and grant seeking has begun and will continue until the third and final development phase. This final stage, which will begin upon arrival in Dakar and begin with the purchasing of the requested amenities in addition to the development of the library in Niombato (Building shelves, tables, chairs, basic library/classroom development). I will be personally working with Mr. Faye from this point forward to deliver the books to the village as well as complete the final phase of the project which includes installing the library with the help of the Niombato Students Association.
Although some books may come from the United States there are large second hand book markets in Dakar that will be used primarily to purchase the books and materials required to create and sustain the project. The books received here will be used as additional books that will help develop the library beyond the needs of the students' basic course curriculum. Based on an analysis conducted $3000 will cover the three phases of the project, which will then be allocated to them as follows.
Computers/E-Books:::::::::::::::.$1,200 Travel/transportation::::::::::...$950* Shipment of books::::::::::::$500 Tables:::::::::::::::::$200 Chairs:::::::::::::::::$125 Bookshelves::::::::::::::..$200
*International travel expenses will total an estimated cost of $1,500 - $1,600. While transportation costs are included and state an amount lower than this the budget will include a portion of this amount in addition to an estimated $70-$150 transportation costs of delivering the materials to Niombato.
**Interested in donating books? Send them to Albany Barn in Albany's Arbor Hill downtown community