Camp Djabal has become so familiar to followers of i-ACT. Here we see improvements made in education–uniforms, cement buildings with built-in blackboards, and desks! The team also updates CommKit with MacBooks! They deliver Kindles and voice dictionaries to help the kids learn more English. Watch the video and open yourself to what is Camp Djabal.
There is much excitement as i-ACT 10 gets ready to depart. This trip feels very special to the team because we are beginning the fulfillment of a long standing need for books in the camps. We are launching The i-ACT Refuge(e)-Reading Project. This project allows us to bring books via Kindles to the children without the logistical difficulties we would ordinarily face. Each team member that has spent time in the camps has felt the longing for education. We have seen it in the faces of hungry children and heard it in the voices of protective parents. This project is very close to all of our hearts and more importantly a feasible way to make children’s dreams of a brighter future come true.
I remember when we went on i-ACT 2 and how effected I was by the children and their love of learning. With runny noses and painful coughs, it wasn’t medicine but books they asked for again and again. It reminded me how books and learning had helped me through my own difficulties in childhood. Being denied access to that avenue of imagination and knowledge seemed unfeasible to me. These children continue to face things far more difficult than most of us will ever know yet education is still their number one priority.
The i-ACT Refuge(e)-Reading Project will be bringing Kindle 3′s this trip which is a low cost, efficient way to bring multiple reading resources in English, French and Arabic to a remote area. It is a way for everyday people to effect direct change in the refugees lives both today and in the future. This is an investment in the next generation; the generation of children that will grow up and share the world with our children. Is there any greater investment?
Our goal is to deliver 10 kindles on i-ACT Expedition #10 but that is just the beginning. We plan to deploy more on our next trip after this initial launch when we have the system solidly in place. We will be working with the refugee’s directly to create a library system to house the eReaders where refugees can access the Kindles. We will also be asking the Librarians to keep track of the most popular books so we can return with more of the same. We invite schools, churches, organization and families to join this project by spreading the word or donating for Kindles.
You can follow the team’s journey as they post videos, blogs, and photos from the refugee camps. We will capture the delivery of the Kindle eReaders and share it here.
On Behalf of the i-Act Team,
Participate in providing electronic books to Darfuri refugee students! Help us bring at least 10 Kindles on our upcoming i-ACT Expedition #10.
We take reading, the opportunity to read and to have access to books and other enriching and entertaining written-word material for granted. To the children of Darfur, reading is something they deeply want — and need.
The Darfuri refugee camps on the Chad-Darfur border are remote and offer all kinds of logistical nightmares. Transporting aid and material to these camps involves great cost and risk.
Refugee children have been asking us for books ever since we started visiting the camps. More than anything else, they see education and reading as the key to their future. E-readers allow us to to bring literally thousands of books in one small and reliable electronic instrument.
You can be a part of this exciting new project!
We will be bringing Kindles, which start at $139. With protective sleeves and other incidental expenses, our goal is to fundraise $200 for each e-reader package and to bring at least 10, for a total goal of $2,000. We only have a few days to reach this goal.
Are you in?