Thursday, December 10, 2009

Help a kid out?

Just a click or two can help provide a child with a book this holiday season.

The Asia Foundation, which has been headquartered in San Francisco for 55 years, is running a free online vote to send copies of a favorite children's book to children in Bangladesh who have never before owned a book. Watch a short 3-minute video about the project and vote for Curious George Learns the Alphabet; Dr. Seuss' One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; Harold and the Purple Crayon; Goodnight Moon; or What Do People Do All Day, and each child in the Bede "river gypsy" community will get a copy of the winning book. A follow-up video showing the arrival of the winning book will be posted on The Asia Foundation's site on December 16. Voting ends on Monday, December 14.

The Bede are once-nomadic river people who have limited access to basic services and whose children rarely have a chance to go to school. In order to provide these children with an education, The Asia Foundation's Books for Asia program partnered with a Bangladeshi organization called the Subornogram Foundation, which has set up a "boat school" to make it easier for the children to attend school. The challenge now is to stock the school with books.

Books for Asia distributes one million new books and resources each year to students, educators, and community leaders throughout Asia. They recently completed a similar campaign for a small rural hilltribe village school in Thailand. The winning book, Dr. Seuss' beloved Oh, The Places You'll Go!, was delivered into the hands of each child in Morwakee Village on November 1st. Click here to watch the "Return to Morwakee" video.

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