♡ 2020 CAMPAIGN
As 2019 comes to a close, we are thankful for your support and excited about a year ahead making genuine impact in literacy and education through grassroots collaboration. Your donations in December will support the OliveSeed Library Fund, which in Q1/Q2 2020 will be used to develop a beautiful library for the Talek Primary School in Talek, Kenya; English club libraries for underserved communities in the Rif Mountains of Morocco; and a wildlife library at a community center in the Maasai Mara.
A 3rd-grade class at Talek Primary School
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What Your Gift Will Support in Q1/Q2 2020
Talek Primary School Library
Talek Primary is a public school with 1100 students in grades 1 to 8. The photo at the top of this page shows a 3rd-grade class. This school is extremely under-resourced, but we have a great opportunity to develop a comprehensive and high-quality library here for all students. Another organization, the Mama Zebra Foundation, has just built a beautiful library building on campus, ready for us to get to work!
Like the Mara Girls Leadership School next door (another project of ours), Talek Primary will have an after-school Conservation Club, with this library as a base for information and student engagement.
Libraries for the Rif Mountains
In our 6 years of Morocco Library Project, we have discovered that the Rif region in northern Morocco is the most under-resourced and ignored part of the country. Last year we developed an English club library here in Midar, and in 2020 we plan to do two more, in the towns of Kassita and Driouch. We partner with teachers to support an after-school program for the most motivated students, to help them master English and their writing and presentation skills.
This is a program that especially benefits girls in the region. Once the club and library are established, these students will be part of the broader Morocco Library Project network and can share stories and book reviews with other young people hundreds of miles away and even in the U.S.
Wildlife & Community Library in the Maasai Mara
In 2020 and beyond, we'll be working with the Mara Discovery & Community Empowerment Center in Aitong, Kenya, on the edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. This is the only community center serving a very large area, with English and computer classes, plastics recycling, tree nursery, business empowerment training, beekeeping, after-school youth club, and more.
Our first step at Mara Discovery will be to develop a wildlife and community library, which was the #1 request from the patrons. This will be a learning center with books, digital media, and interactive activities for all ages. We expect the wildlife part of it to be especially valuable to students, tour guides, conservation leaders, and wildlife researchers in the area.