Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Books For Cameroon Press Releases

LOCAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Wendy Lee

Peace Corps Volunteer

WendyLee86@gmail.com

+237.79.49.18.54

SAINT LOUISIAN BUILDING 28 LIBRARIES IN WEST AFRICA

Peace Corps volunteer Wendy Lee seeks $11,500 to bring Books for Cameroon to life


CAMEROON, WEST AFRICA, 20 August, 2009 – Inspired by her experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer, Wendy Lee, of St. Charles, Missouri, is launching a major fundraising campaign to raise $11,500 to build 30 bilingual libraries in the West African country of Cameroon.


Lee, a graduate of Saint Louis University, hopes to collect $5 donations from 2,300 individuals in order to make Books for Cameroon a reality. She is using the Peace Corps web site (http://tiny.cc/booksforcameroon) and promotion on Facebook, Twitter and her own blog (http://roundtwocameroon.blogspot.com) to garner support for the project.


She began Books for Cameroon to supply a four room school near her house with some books. “I recognized the need for books when I taught English during the early months of my service. Kids in my classes did not know how to read. They were not even able to follow along with the words as I read them.”


Lee contacted Books for Africa, an American organization dedicated to promoting literacy across the African continent. After receiving an all-or-nothing proposition for one container of 22,000 books, Lee joined forces with three other Peace Corps volunteers and the project quickly expanded to include 30 schools and communities across Cameroon.


Libraries generally do not exist in Cameroonian schools, especially not in remote villages. And although some schools have one room with books, existing resources are underutilized. The Books for Cameroon project will not only supply books to create libraries. Lee and other Peace Corps volunteers will work in collaboration with RIDEV (Research Institute for Development), a Cameroonian organization, to provide library management training to ensure sustainability.


Since Cameroon is a country striving for bilingualism, Lee’s Books for Cameroon project is seeking both English and French-language resources. Books for Africa will provide English language books as part of Phase I. In Phase II, the group will collaborate with two French organizations – Biblionef and l’AESCO (Aide à l’Équipement Scolaire et Culturel) - to provide French language books.


The Books for Cameroon fundraising campaign is hosted through Peace Corps Partnership, a program within the Peace Corps that allows individuals to contribute to volunteer projects.


For more information about Lee’s Books for Cameroon project or to make a contribution, please visit http://tiny.cc/booksforcameroon.

###

NATIONAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Wendy Lee

Peace Corps Volunteer

WendyLee86@gmail.com

+237.79.49.18.54

PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER GOES ONLINE TO BUILD 28 LIBRARIES IN RURAL WEST AFRICA

Volunteer seeks $11,500 using the Internet to bring Books for Cameroon to life


CAMEROON, WEST AFRICA, 20 August, 2009 – Inspired by her experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer, Wendy Lee, of Saint Louis, Missouri, is launching an online fundraising campaign to raise $11,500 to build 30 bilingual libraries in the West African country of Cameroon.


Lee hopes to collect $5 donations from 2,300 individuals using the Peace Corps web site (http://tiny.cc/booksforcameroon) and promotion on Facebook, Twitter and her own blog (http://roundtwocameroon.blogspot.com) to garner support for her Books for Cameroon project.

“The Peace Corps experience has changed a lot since the 60s,” says Lee. “I live in a small village in western Cameroon. My house does not have running water, but I have Internet access. I started sharing my adventures on my blog and exchanging ideas with other volunteers. When we launched the library project, we knew that we could reach the most people online.”


When she began Books for Cameroon, Lee wanted to supply a four room school near her house with some books. She contacted Books for Africa, an American organization dedicated to promoting literacy across the African continent. After receiving an all-or-nothing proposition for one container of 22,000 books, Lee joined forces with three other Peace Corps volunteers and the project quickly expanded to include 30 schools and communities across Cameroon.


Libraries generally do not exist in Cameroonian schools, especially not in remote villages. And although some schools have one room with books, existing resources are underutilized. The Books for Cameroon project will not only supply books to create libraries. Lee and other Peace Corps volunteers will work in collaboration with RIDEV (Research Institute for Development), a Cameroonian organization, to provide library management training to ensure sustainability.


Since Cameroon is a country striving for bilingualism, Lee’s Books for Cameroon project is seeking both English and French-language resources. Books for Africa will provide English language books as part of Phase I. In Phase II, the group will collaborate with two French organizations – Biblionef and l’AESCO (Aide à l’Équipement Scolaire et Culturel) - to provide French language books.


The Books for Cameroon fundraising campaign is hosted through Peace Corps Partnership, a program within the Peace Corps that allows individuals to contribute to volunteer projects.


For more information about Lee’s Books for Cameroon project or to make a contribution, please visit http://tiny.cc/booksforcameroon.

###



Monday, June 8, 2009

Books For Cameroon Libraries

West Province
- Bandenkop Community Library
- Lycée de Batié
- Cetic de Batié
- École Publique de Nso'O
- École Publique Bilingue de Bapa
- École Catholique St. Jean Baptiste Famgoum II
- École Publique de Famgoum I
- École Publique Batié - Carrefour
- École Publique de Sim Tsela
- École Catholique St. Pierre de Lagou-Batié
- St. Augustine Bilingual School Complex
- Lycée Bilingue de Foumbot
- Good Foundation Bilingual Nursery and Primary School
- African Foundation for Education
- Standard English School
- Fondonera Community

Southwest Province
- Government Practicising School Njah
- Government Technical High School Fontem
- Government Secondary School Lebuh-Mbi Fossung
- Government Bilingual High School Fontem
- Government School Fossung
- Limbé City Public Library
- Lewoh Public Library

Center Province
- RELUFA Resource Library

Adamoua Province
- Community of Kognoli

East Province
- Government Technical School of Batouri
- Lycée Classique de Yokaduma
- Lycée Technique de Diang
- Lycée Classique de Ndelele
- Lycée de Nguelemendouka

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Classrooms For Cameroon [Grade 9-12]

  • Who? Students and Teachers in grades 9-12 all around the USA!
  • What? Month-long activity for kids to discover Cameroon, Africa, and the Peace Corps. Meanwhile, students will collaborate to create fundraising activities to help kids in Cameroon to have libraries!
  • Where? High school classrooms all around the USA!
  • When? The months of September, 2009
  • How? Each week, teachers and group leaders will spend some time to help students answer the week's topic question. The method of teaching is free for each teacher to decide; however, since Books For Cameroon is a library project, we encourage teachers to incorporate library time into the activities. Below are some suggested links and resources. The fund-raising effort will begin on September 1st. Each Friday, each group will submit their progress to be posted on the Cash For Cameroon honor roll!
Week 1 : Where in the World is Cameroon?!
Students will explore the country of Cameroon and learn about its history, its geography and its people. The objective is to provide students with a basic overview of Cameroon.
CIA The World Factbook - Cameroon
Google Maps - Cameroon
BBC Country Profile - Cameroon
Africa Planet - Cameroon

Week 2: What is life like in Cameroon?
Students will utilize library resources to discover the daily lives of people, specifically youth, in Cameroon.
Cameroon - Student Activity Books & Teacher Lesson Plans
Natural History Museum LP - Bamum People
Languages of Cameroon

Week 3: Who else lives in Africa?
Students will unsolved the mystery of the lost continent and research another country within Africa.
Peace Corps LP - Republic of Mali
Peace Corps LP - South Africa
Peace Corps LP - Togolese Republic
Peace Corps LP - United Republic of Tanzania
Peace Corps LP - Kingdom of Morocco
Peace Corps LP - Republic of Mali
Peace Corps LP - Republic of Senegal
Peace Corps LP - Congo
Peace Corps LP - Senegal
Peace Corps LP - Niger
Peace Corps LP - Republic of Niger

Peace Corps LP - Republic of Guinea
Peace Corps LP - Congo
Peace Corps LP - Republic of Mali
Peace Corps LP - Republic of Liberia
Peace Corps LP - Republic of Guinea
Peace Corps LP - Republic of Mali
Peace Corps LP - Democratic Republic of Congo
Peace Corps LP - Kingdom of Morocco
Peace Corps LP - Congo
Peace Corps LP - Republic of South Africa
Natural History Museum: Africa - One Continent. Many Worlds. Classroom Ideas

Week 4: Do Peace Corps Volunteers Live in a Hut?
Students will get a glimpse of life in the Peace Corps and see how other Americans are spending two years of their life integrating with another culture in the world.

Visiting volunteer blogs online at Peace Corps Journals
Students are encouraged to write to volunteers. I will create a Peace Corps Q&A section in this blog and post questions from students and respond to them.Peace Corps Challenges For Students
Peace Corps LP - Volunteer Story ["Declaration (of a Kgomotso Girl)"] - Republic of South Africa
Peace Corps LP - Volunteer Story [Essay on AIDS in South Africa] - Republic of South Africa
Peace Corps LP - Volunteer Story ["Mosetsana"] - Republic of South Africa

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Classrooms For Cameroon [Grade 6-8]

  • Who? Students and Teachers in grades 6-8 all around the USA!
  • What? Month-long activity for kids to discover Cameroon, Africa, and the Peace Corps. Meanwhile, students will collaborate to create fundraising activities to help kids in Cameroon to have libraries!
  • Where? Middle school classrooms all around the USA!
  • When? The months of September, 2009
  • How? Each week, teachers and group leaders will spend some time to help students answer the week's topic question. The method of teaching is free for each teacher to decide; however, since Books For Cameroon is a library project, we encourage teachers to incorporate library time into the activities. Below are some suggested links and resources. The fund-raising effort will begin on September 1st. Each Friday, each group will submit their progress to be posted on the Cash For Cameroon honor roll!
Week 1 : Where in the World is Cameroon?!
Students will explore the country of Cameroon and learn about its history, its geography and its people. The objective is to provide students with a basic overview of Cameroon.
CIA The World Factbook - Cameroon
Google Maps - Cameroon
BBC Country Profile - Cameroon
Africa Planet - Cameroon

Week 2: What is life like in Cameroon?
Students will utilize library resources to discover the daily lives of people, specifically youth, in Cameroon.
Cameroon - Student Activity Books & Teacher Lesson Plans
Natural History Museum LP - Bamum People
Languages of Cameroon

Week 3: Who else lives in Africa?
Students will unsolved the mystery of the lost continent and research another country within Africa.
Peace Corps LP - South Africa
Peace Corps LP - Republic of Guinea-Bissau
Peace Corps LP - Kingdom of Morocco
Peace Corps LP - Republic of Mali
Peace Corps LP - Republic of Senegal
Peace Corps LP - Republic of Guinea
Peace Corps LP - Congo
Peace Corps LP - Senegal
Peace Corps LP - Niger
Peace Corps LP - Republic of Niger

Peace Corps LP - Republic of Guinea
Peace Corps LP - Congo
Peace Corps LP - Republic of Liberia
Peace Corps LP - Republic of Guinea
Peace Corps LP - Republic of Mali
Peace Corps LP - Democratic Republic of Congo
Peace Corps LP - Kingdom of Morocco
Peace Corps LP - Congo
Peace Corps LP - Republic of South Africa
Natural History Museum: Africa - One Continent. Many Worlds. Classroom Ideas

Week 4: Do Peace Corps Volunteers Live in a Hut?
Students will get a glimpse of life in the Peace Corps and see how other Americans are spending two years of their life integrating with another culture in the world.

Visiting volunteer blogs online at Peace Corps Journals
Students are encouraged to write to volunteers. I will create a Peace Corps Q&A section in this blog and post questions from students and respond to them.
Peace Corps Challenges For Students
Peace Corps LP - Volunteer Story ["Declaration (of a Kgomotso Girl)"] - Republic of South Africa
Peace Corps LP - Volunteer Story ["Oh, Kingdom in the Sky"] - Kingdom of Lesotho
Peace Corps LP - Volunteer Story [A Lifetime of Service] - Lesotho, Malawi, Botswana
Peace Corps LP - Volunteer Story ["Mosetsana"] - Republic of South Africa

Friday, June 5, 2009

Classrooms For Cameroon [Grade K-5]

  • Who? Students in grades K-5 all around the USA! Teachers, scout troop leaders, youth groups working with kids in grades K-5.
  • What? Month-long activity for kids to discover Cameroon, Africa, and the Peace Corps. Meanwhile, students will collaborate to create fundraising activities to help kids in Cameroon to have libraries!
  • Where? Elementary school classrooms all around the USA!
  • When? The months of September, 2009
  • How? Each week, teachers and group leaders will spend some time to help students answer the week's topic question. The method of teaching is free for each teacher to decide; however, since Books For Cameroon is a library project, we encourage teachers to incorporate library time into the activities. Below are some suggested links and resources. The fund-raising effort will begin on September 1st. Each Friday, each group will submit their progress to be posted on the Cash For Cameroon honor roll!
Week 1 : Where in the World is Cameroon?!
Students will explore the country of Cameroon and learn about its history, its geography and its people. The objective is to provide students with a basic overview of Cameroon.
CIA The World Factbook - Cameroon
Google Maps - Cameroon
BBC Country Profile - Cameroon
Africa Planet - Cameroon

Week 2: What is life like in Cameroon?
Students will utilize library resources to discover the daily lives of people, specifically youth, in Cameroon.
Cameroon - Student Activity Books & Teacher Lesson Plans
LP - Baka People in Cameroon
Natural History Museum LP - Bamum People
Languages of Cameroon

Week 3: Who else lives in Africa?
Students will unsolved the mystery of the lost continent and research another country within Africa.
Peace Corps LP - United Republic of Tanzania
Peace Corps LP - Republic of Guinea
Peace Corps LP - Togolese Republic
Peace Corps LP - United Repulic of Tanzania
Peace Corps LP - Tanzania
Peace Corps LP - Water in Africa
Peace Corps LP - Togolese Republic
PBS-Africa For Kids
Natural History Museum: Africa - One Continent. Many Worlds. Classroom Ideas

Week 4: Do Peace Corps Volunteers Live in a Hut?

Students will get a glimpse of life in the Peace Corps and see how other Americans are spending two years of their life integrating with another culture in the world.

Visiting volunteer blogs online at Peace Corps Journals
Students are encouraged to write to volunteers. I will create a Peace Corps Q&A section in this blog and post questions from students and respond to them.
Peace Corps Challenges For Students
Peace Corps LP - Volunteer Story ["Oh, Kingdom in the Sky"] - Kingdom of Lesotho
Peace Corps LP - Volunteer Story [Narrative Cartoons] - Africa

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Phase I Project Timeline

ESTIMATED PROJECT TIMELINE

Date

Activity

December 2008

Brainstorm project idea with community member; research donor organization for books.

January 2009

Contact Books For Africa to confirm book donation of 22,000 English books.

February 2009

Contact other PCVs to expand the library project over 3 provinces and 25 schools.

Mach 2009

Contact PCVs worldwide who have successfully completed the project with BFA.

March 2009

Identify target schools and discuss with administration to ensure meeting desired needs.

March 2009

Assess schools involved on appropriate library space. Prepare application for interested schools.

April 2009

Arrange logistics with RIDEV as NGO responsible for port clearance.

April 2009

Project marketing Stateside to raise awareness of the project and identify potential donors.

April 2009

Collect project application. Select participating schools. Deliver acceptance letter and project contract.

April 2009

Submit Peace Corps Partnership proposal for approval.

May-October 2009

Launch project campaign via social media to raise funding. Contact and encourage groups Stateside to fundraise for project.

November 2009

Complete fundraising; submit payment to BFA and enlist on shipping list.

December 2009

Books shipped from Books For Africa.

January/February 2010

Training sessions in each province and each school.

February 2010

Receive books in Douala port and ensure secured transportation of books to the West Province.

February 2010

Week long book sorting in the West Province.

February/March 2010

Distribution of books to each school.

March/April 2010

Library organization in each school.

May 2010

Oversee functionality of all libraries and continual training of staff.

June 2010

Project completion/evaluation.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Phase I Project Budget

PROJECT BUDGET

PARTNERSHIP Contribution - FUNDING REQUESTED

Material DescriptionUnitQuantity
Needed
Unit Cost
(f cfa)
Total Cost
(f cfa)
Total Cost
(usd)
Book InventoryShipping Chargesper container14 750 0004 750 000 $9 500

Misc. Port/Custom Costsper container11 000 0001 000 000 $2 000

Total


5 750 000 $11 500
COMMUNITY Contribution

Material DescriptionUnitQuantity
Needed
Unit Cost
(f cfa)
Total Cost
( f cfa )
Total Cost
( usd )
ImplementationTransportation (Books)per trip2300 000600 000 $1 200

Transportation (Volunteer)per trip255000125 000 $250

Book Sorting/Storing Venueper day530 000150 000 $300

Training Materialper person503 000150 000 $300

Labor (library organization)per person2002 500500 000 $1 000

Library Preparationper school25100 0002 500 000 $5 000
Total




4 025 000 $8 050

TOTAL PROJECT COSTS

500 f cfa = 1 usd


% Contribution

Total Cost (f cfa)

Total Cost ( usd)

Partnership Contribution

59%

5 750 000

$11 50

Community Contribution

41%

4 025 000

$8 05

Total Project Cost

100%

9 775 000

$19 550


Budget Footnotes – Expanded Descriptions
Book Inventory
Shipping Charges: Books For Africa have committed to send a 40-foot container of 22,000 books.
Port Charges: administrative costs involved to clear the container at the Douala port.

Implenmentation
Tranportation (Books): transporting books from Douala port to the West province for sorting. Rate based on bus-depot from Douala to Bafoussam
Transportation (Volunteers): transporting volunteers and books to each school.
Book Sorting/Storing Venue: Venue in the West for initial storing and sorting of 22,000 books from BFA.
Training Venue: to train staffs of each school on library management; 25 schools x 1 per day = 25
Training Material: photocopies of library management material. 25 schools x 2 per school = 50
Labor (Library Organization): to clean and prepare the appropriate space for a functioning library. 25 schools x 8 per school = 200
Library Preparation: costs per school to preapre a secured space with bookshelves ready for all incoming books.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Books For Cameroon Project Description

UPDATE [August 14, 2009]
Over the past few months, the project has grown! And here is a brief update.
  • At the end of April/May, PCVs Kate Cook, Siobhan Perkins, Laura Hurley and myself had selected a total of 25 community and school libraries for this project.
  • Mid-June, Mr. Fondugallah, a Cameroonian living in St. Paul, MN contacted me and we added the Limbé and Lewoh City Library.
  • Mid-July, RELUFA resource library in Yaoundé was added to the project.
  • Late-July, a community in Kognoli, Adamoua was added in collaboration with a RELUFA contact.
  • Early August, final library is added to the project for the clan of Fondonera in the West Province.
Here is a complete list of participating libraries!

The project is now covering 30 school/community libraries. Library management training will take place in the early months of 2010. We are still raising money to fund the tranportation cost for Phase I. Phase II is underway in collaboration with Biblionef and l'AESCO. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation to help us along, please click here.

[May 1, 2009]
In a nutshell...
  • I am bringing 30 libraries to Cameroon.
  • We need $11,500 in collaboration with Books For Africa.
  • It takes 2,300 people to donate their next $5 latte/beer/burger to make it happen!
  • Now, please help us: Http://www.booksforcameroon.org
  • Donation is 100% Tax Deductible!

If you care enough, below is the rest of the blah blah blahs. Enjoy!

Budget

Timeline

École Catholique of Batié

The project began with my desire to fill a 4-room school near my house with some books and begin programs to help students discover the joy of reading and learning. After contacting several NGOs, Books For Africa replied and say they would supply a 40-foot container full of English books (approx. 22,000) if we can raise the shipping and custom fee of $10,000. Since it is an all-or-nothing deal, I sent out a few emails to fellow volunteers and expanded the project across three provinces and reaching 30 schools/community libraries.

Since most of the participating schools are in the Francophone region and Cameroon is a country striving for its bilingualism, we have split the project into two phases with this first phase focusing on the English books and the 2nd phase with French books. Volunteers participating in this project have sent out project applications to ensure each school is dedicated and meet the following criteria: supply in-country transport cost, supply a well-secured classroom complete with shelves, tables and chairs for a functioning library, and committed staff who will participate in library management training.


Lycée of BatiéCetic of Batié