In 2012, when I first visited the rural village of Konko in the Eastern Region of Ghana, as a guest of The Queen Mother of the village, I knew I wanted to bring more books to the local school. There were less than a handful of books for more than 200 students. So, I started a non-profit called L.E.A.P. (The Literacy Empowerment and Action Project) and started coming back each year with friends and colleagues--to bring books, to rain teachers to teach reading and writing, and to provide scholarships for students. Six years later, and we've got a thousand books, ten students attending school, and an almost-finished library and health post. We’ve come this far because of hard work and the community that has supported us. You!
SOME OF LEAP'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- Awarded The Nikki Giovanni LEAP scholarship to ten students in the village to attend secondary school
- Provided funding for the purchase of materials to make bricks to be used to complete work on the open air classrooms
- Conducted reading, writing, and empowerment workshops in the eleven classrooms
- Purchased and assembled recreational supplies
- Provided creative writing workshops for the members of the Girl's Literacy Club
- Co-sponsored and facilitated an international conference in the capital city of Accra, providing literacy professional development training which served 300 Ghanaian educators - Nikki Giovanni delivered keynote speech.
I believe that children with access to books have an opportunity to expand their knowledge about the world, to be inspired by stories, and to open up a world of possibility for themselves and their community.
We could really use your help in finishing this awesome library, furnishing it, securing more books, making it a kid-friendly space, providing technology, training staff, and making it a clearinghouse for literature, literacy programs for children, and community-enriching activities. In addition, to meet the growing health concerns and issues (Health is most definitely a literacy issue), we are adding on a health post to provide basic medical services and resources for the children and families in the village.
Please consider taking the LEAP with us! With your generous support, the doors WILL open this summer, and I couldn't be more proud of the work has done to make this a reality.
If you'd like to receive a tax-exempt donation letter from LEAP, please send an email to [email protected] Thank you!
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Newbery Medalist, and New York Times Bestselling Author of 25 books, including The Crossover and Out Of Wonder
Parade Magazine Interview Pt. 1
Parade Magazine Interview Pt. 2
A Blog on my first visit to Ghana six years ago
Visit the LEAP for Ghana website