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Textbooks for school children

£737 of £1,049 goal

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There are thousands of school children in various African communities whose parents cannot afford to buy them textbooks. This is sad.

So, as I prepare to run the Marathon on 6 May this year, I want to raise funds to provide Mathematics, English and story books for school children in Ibadan, the city where I grew up. I am also partnering with the RIG Project (Reading in the Ghetto Project) to raise funds for children who love reading but are expelled/excluded from school because their parents cannot afford school fees. Lastly, I will donate 249 copies of my book, The Shift of a Lifetime, to secondary school libraries and community resource centres.

This is a mammoth task, but we can start from somewhere! One book at a time, one child at a time!

Join me in raising the necessary funds to realise this good work!
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The marathon is now done! It took me 5 hours 50 minutes, longer than anticipated, but I'm glad I crossed the finish line.

On my mind, as I ran, was the children who will benefit from this campaign, and those we would not be able to help because of limited funds (compared with the need). Many thanks to everyone who has given generously to make this good deed possible.

The campaign will end later in the week. We will, thereafter, start verifying the requests we have received for grants and disburse the funds accordingly. If you contacted us to donate books, I will get back to you soon.

Thanks again! You are amazing!
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A few days ago, I watched the film, The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, the story of William Kamkwamba. At the age of 14, William built a windmill to help solve some problems in his community. He was inspired by books from a library, even after he was expelled from school because his parents could not pay his school fees...

This story impacted me in many ways. Much has been said, and rightly so, about Williams's innovation and perseverance against the odds. Yet, I am fascinated by the impact a book can make in the life of readers. Much kudos to the organisation that donated the books in the first place. How many communities and schools in Africa do not have a library? How many children are, like William, excluded from school because of non-payment of school fees? How many more Williams are wallowing in the dump of harsh circumstances, trying to find a way towards significance? More questions swirl around in my mind.

Watching this movie really put the campaign and my race in perspective. The desire to provide textbooks and help a few children with their school fees may seem a drop in a mighty ocean of social need, but one book and one child can make a massive difference! Why wait until there's enough to solve all problems? We can do something right here, right now!

There's still a window of time to make a donation towards this campaign (the marathon is in less than two weeks!). Kindly consider what you can give. No amount is too small. Many thanks to everyone who has thus far contributed to the campaign. On behalf of all the children who will benefit, I say, "Thank you!"
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My friend, Elsie, runs a project in the heart of Abuja that impacts children from very poor backgrounds. The project is called Reading in the Ghetto (RIG). The children gather for reading sessions, which they really enjoy. Sadly, many of them have been excluded from school because their parents cannot afford school fees (some as little as £5!).

Thank you for donating towards this campaign.
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Yesterday, I read a post by a friend about children in Abuja who cannot continue school because of school fees of Two Thousand Naira (that's just £5!). It really broke my heart. I have, in the past, supported the work of this dear saint among Ghetto children in Nigeria's capital city and now want to include them in this campaign.

Thank you for your donations thus far. Thanks also to Temi who wants to donate some Mathematics textbooks. Yes, you can donate books too. We just have to work out the logistics of receiving them from you in good time.

Meanwhile, the running continues. I did about 11km today. Still got a long way to go!
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