Saturday, July 31, 2010

Helping Janeth Msumba, young librarian in training in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

I’m hoping to raise enough money for a wonderful young woman, Janeth Msumba, to continue her Librarianship studies at Tumaini University in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Janeth plans to use her degree to work in a library or other organization in Tanzania to support literacy and education in her home country.

Janeth has already earned her Diploma in Librarianship at the School of Library, Archives, and Documentation Studies (SLADS). Click here to visit the SLADS website. The Diploma is a two-year program and a prerequisite to the Bachelor of Arts program.

Janeth has been accepted into the three-year Bachelor of Arts program in Library Studies at Tumaini University, but cannot afford the tuition and expenses, which are out of reach for most of Tanzania’s working-poor citizens: about $1,700 tuition for one year, and $1,100 for books, supplies, and practicum fees. Janeth applied for a government grant, but Tanzania is a poor country and the government was unable to provide the funds.

Through the compassionate support of good people like you, I’m hoping to raise the total of $2,800 to fund Janeth’s first year in the Library Studies program, via fundraisers and private donations.

For more information on the Librarianship program: Click here for Tumaini University, Dar Es Salaam College, 2009-2011 Prospectus. See page numbers 36 – 39 for the Bachelor of Arts in Library Studies three-year curriculum. See page numbers 15 -17 for tuition and fees; amounts are listed in Tanzanian shillings.

Please let me know if you’re able to help -- email, FB, tweet, or leaving a comment here -- and feel free to forward this post to others who may be interested.

Helping Janeth to continue her education in Library Studies will assist a dedicated young woman and advance literacy in Tanzania, for as we know, one person can change the lives of many others.

Asante Sana

"This is what Proust knew..."

"This is what Proust knew: the past is never past. As long as we are alive, our memories remain wonderfully volatile. In their mercurial mirror, we see ourselves." - Jonah Lehrer

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

IMAGINATION 2010: "Sentimental Journey - A week in dreamland" by Leslie Pearce-Keating

Read about the Imagination 2010 conference at Cleveland State - in this column by Wooster Daily Record columnist Leslie Pearce-Keating, my energizing and inspiring workshop-mate in creative nonfiction: - Sentimental Journey A week in dreamland

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Peace Through Fiction - June and July

Pepsi Refresh updates:

Thanks to everyone for energizing me with your support, votes, and love!

Peace Through Fiction didn’t win the grant in June -- but it finished in the Top 100 so it automatically rolled into the July voting period.

However, I'm now shifting my focus away from Pepsi Refresh to connecting directly with middle schools -- providing teachers with free Peace Through Fiction materials for their classroom use.

Cheers and gratitude from my heart,