A Book Lover Brings Libraries to Darfuris

by Lorraine Kleinwaks • More.com Member { View Profile }
Darfur woman being testedf for her first pair of reading glasses sent by Book Wish Foundation
Photograph: Anne Goddard -- CORD

Our work in developing countries relies on forming genuine partnerships.  Our partner in Chad is a 42 year old British humanitarian organization, one of the first on the ground in Chad helping the Darfuris — CORD.  We spent a year developing this relationship, identifying specific needs.  CORD runs the education programs for the Darfuris in the three camps we are currently focused on.  In less than two years, we have received requests for targeted reading aid from 20 countries, many from Africa. 

Please take a look at the stories and photos on our website — www.bookwish.org.  

My life has never been more challenging, and never so meaningful.  While asking for money from donors is not something I would ever have dreamed of doing, because 100% of all funds we raise goes directly to very specific projects donors can choose — and because it doesn’t take a fortune to make a real difference — it’s much easier than I might have thought.  Still, these are tough economic times and there are so many needy causes, so Book Wish created a new way to donate to charities that does not cost any $.  It’s called Bibliotarian — Bibliotarian.org — Book Lovers Helping Others.  Again, it is all about books!  Bibliotarian is a comparison shopping website for books where all proceeds are given to charities.  Bibliotarian.org displays the lowest new and used prices, including shipping costs, from booksellers such as Amazon, AbeBooks,
Alibris, and Half.com.  Users can choose from nearly one million 501©(3) public charities to receive up to half of the bookseller affiliate revenue generated by their purchases through the site, with the remainder going to
the Foundation, itself a 501©(3).

In addition to searching for new and used books, Bibliotarian.org finds books available for swapping from BookMooch and PaperBackSwap, two of the largest book-swapping websites.  Other features include wish lists and book recommendations for supporters of specific charities.  Among the books recommended so far are Michelle Richmond’s "The Year of Fog," for supporters of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Khaled Hosseini’s "A Thousand Splendid Suns," for Women For Women International, and Ann M.

Martin’s "A Dog’s Life," for the Humane Society.

Book Wish Foundation President Logan Kleinwaks (my son!) said that "being able to benefit your favorite charity at no extra cost will be attractive to many people, but we hope that everyone will see Bibliotarian’s speed and functionality as reasons to begin their online book shopping with us.  This is a win-win situation for book lovers and charities."

Through August 15, visitors to Bibliotarian.org can enter a sweepstakes to win a Sony Reader electronic book device.   

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