The Literate Earth Project

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Want to hear about something amazing? My friend Jeff Fonda is the CEO of the amazing Literate Earth Project. Haven’t heard of it yet? Check this out…


The idea for The Literate Earth Project was sparked in the summer of 2009 after founder and CEO Jeff Fonda worked as an Ambassador for Soccer (SWB) Without Borders in Ndejje, Uganda. He worked on a number of projects but their main focus was coaching and teaching at Hope School (now called Great Lakes School), a primary school in Ndejje. He noticed that all of the students in class were using handwritten books and that the school had maybe 50 printed books in their possession but all were under lock and key because of how valuable they were. Jeff and his fellow SWB Ambassador started taking out the books during lunch, promising to keep a watchful eye on them, and the vast majority of students chose to forgo their typical running around outside to sit and read the books. For those who couldn’t read, just seeing pictures of different types of animals, weather and cities, expanded their minds. Before Jeff left Uganda that summer, he promised Jacques Bwira, the founder of Great Lakes School, that he would be back to build libraries. Jacques is now on The Literate Earth Project board and in June 2012 The Literate Earth Project opened the first free public library in the East Africa Community. It is the first of many to come because we believe literacy is truly at the core of human development and that these libraries will be the building blocks for some very bright futures.

But telling you doesn’t compare to showing you…

As you can see, this is a project that makes me want to be a successful author so I can help to spread the word and urge people to contribute to the power of literacy. It’s the best weapon I know for making the world a better place.

You can find out more about The Literate Earth Project HERE!

I’d also like to put my money where my mouth is. For everyone who leaves a comment on this blog post, I will donate a dollar to The Literate Earth Project. (One comment per person up to $100) What should you write in the comments? Tell me about what you liked about the video or The Literate Earth Project. Tell me how books make a difference in the lives of children. Tell me you’ve gone and made a donation.

How can you spread the word to make sure I’m paying the full $100?  Here is a pre-fabricated tweet/FB status you can share.

Check out The Literate Earth Project @LiterateEarth and comment to make @KimSabatini give a bigger donation http://kimberlysabatini.com/blog/2013/10/literate-earth-project/

Thank you for helping to spread the word–you are made of awesome.

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  1. The success of a people is directly proportionate to the literacy of their population. I’m so thrilled to support your endeavor, Kimberly. Talk about made of awesome…girl, you are a role model!

  2. I wish you success as an author and an advocate, and you’re right– Anyone has the power to spread the word and should!

    • And I just asked all my friends on Facebook to like the page. Wow, that took longer than I thought, but I did it!

  3. Kim~
    If anyone can touch the world of people that write books, it is you! Thank you for your continued support of the Literate Earth Project!
    It is greatly appreciated!

  4. This is amazing, Kim! Truly!

    • Thank you for taking the time to learn about the Literate Earth Project! <3

  5. Books help eradicate illiteracy, as over used as that words. It is true, it also help people (young or old) to help people know how to read.
    I love organizations with these kind of advocacy, and for you my dear Mommy to reach out and share your blessings with them is just so inspirational!

    Kudos, my lovely and inspiring virtual Mommy! 😀

    And like what the kid said:
    “Because when you read books, you get knowledge.”

    • Jassie–so proud to have you as my virtual daughter. <3

  6. “Well a droid ain’t gonna pull your arms out of their sockets if they lose. Wookies have been known to do that.” -Han Solo 😉

  7. Here’s a comment for the cause!

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