Many of you have supported this crucial work, and that has meant so much for the hundreds of children we serve in Jamaica. But more help is needed.
A quality education and access to books should be a child’s right, not a privilege. But in Jamaica, thousands of school-aged children do not have access to books at home or in a school library. And even though the students work hard, these under-resourced schools rarely give them what they need to succeed. Did you know that almost 50 percent of Jamaican students do not have a book at home to read? Our mission is increase the literacy levels of Jamaican school-aged children by providing books and learning resources to schools to expand existing libraries or to create new ones.
Reading Owls sent out its annual appeal letter in early June and to date we are short of our target by roughly $5,000. I am asking you to consider making a donation to help us fulfill our 2016 goal of helping three schools in Western Jamaica. Our shipment date is in July, but we need your help now so we can do cosmetic improvements to the spaces, provide child-friendly seating, plus purchase and ship the books.
If you have already made a donation, thank YOU so much for believing in and supporting our mission. Maybe you could help us further by sharing this post.
Lastly, I want to make a very special appeal to Jamaicans and those of Jamaican heritage to tangibly support the black, green and gold - if you can - by buying a book for a child. For just $10, YOU can help create a reader for life in Jamaica. We have set up a special donation page at our website, which you can access by clicking here. I hope you will support ROI with a donation today.
Thank you so much for your support!
Elaine Dickson, Chair, Reading Owls
P.S. - Do help us spread the word by sharing this post in your network. I am incredibly grateful to all of you!
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