Q1/Q2 2020 PROJECTS
We are thankful for your support and excited about the year ahead making genuine impact in literacy and education through grassroots collaboration. Your donations in early 2020 will support three new educational projects in Kenya and Morocco. We are also looking for co-sponsors for our MLP Writing Competition for emerging young writers in Morocco.
3rd-grade class at Talek Primary School
MLP Writing Competition
Are you passionate about storytelling and bringing new voices to the attention of the world? We have an extraordinary program going on this winter with emerging young writers from 12 high schools around rural Morocco. Help us bring these stories to life! We're looking for partners, whether individuals or organizations, who will co-sponsor by funding the gifts for prize-winning writers or will help us publish the stories to share with readers in Morocco, the U.S., and beyond. Your partnership will be represented in events in Morocco and in all literature, to the extent you desire.
What Your Gift Will Support in Q1/Q2 2020
Mara Discovery Community Empowerment Centre
We're 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 large area, with English and computer classes, plastics recycling, tree nursery, business empowerment training, beekeeping, after-school eco-club, and more. It's an amazing place, run entirely by the local community.
We are renovating Mara Discovery in early 2020 with a grant from the Rotary Club of Woodside/Portola Valley (CA), including upgrading the recycling center and tree nursery. Our next step will be to develop a Wildlife & Children's Library, which was the #1 request from patrons. It will be the first public library in the region, a learning center with books, digital media, and interactive activities. The wildlife portion will be especially valuable to the many students, tour guides, conservation leaders, and wildlife researchers in the area.
The Maasai Mara is one of the most wildlife-rich regions of Africa, and this project is an important step in our goal to support community-based conservation education.
Library in the Rif Mountains
In our 6 years of Morocco Library Project, we have discovered that the Rif region in northern Morocco is an especially 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 one in the town of Kassita, in partnership with the organization One Dollar for Life. We will work 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 program especially benefits girls in the region. Read this new essay about Malala from Hafida, a student in Midar at the first Rif library! By supporting MLP, you are also helping build a bridge of friendship between the U.S. and North Africa.
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.