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Se7en Are Building a Library for a Lesotho Village – Book by Book – An Update…

February 21st, 2012 · 18 Comments

Last week was International Book Giving Day and on our blog we wrote about friends who live in a rural village in Lesotho. They have a dream of building a library for the school and village. You can read about the differences between life in a Lesotho and ours…

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When we visited Lesotho last October our intention was to provide them with some school supplies for the village school only to discover we were providing all the supplies for their village school… they really had nothing. Thanks to our wonderful readers around the world we were able to stock them up with school supplies.

Another thing that we didn’t anticipate was a world without books. No books in their homes. None in the school. None in the village. No local book store. And certainly no local library. A world without reading, a world with no trips down the adventurous road of books and no heady freedom to explore a topic that has peeked your curiosity. The reading material for the entire school, if not the village, consisted of about three posters on the classroom walls…

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Last week I wrote about how excited the children were to receive a bundle of books we took them from BiblionefSA. These are not privileged children, in fact most of them are orphans. Their parents have fallen victim to the Aids pandemic and for many of the children who are not orphans, their parents work far away in cities in South Africa. There is a very low adult to child ratio. It is not unusual for a ten or twelve year old to be head of the household, with a couple of younger siblings to care for. In a country where basic resources like food and warm clothes, for the icy cold winters, are more than scarce you would expect them to be crying out for help. But no, one evening when were chatting with the adults, they mentioned their dream of building a library for their village school, because it could provide their children with opportunities and a future like nothing else could.

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Anyway we are so excited about the response from our readers, who have offered to send books to Lesotho. We have about forty folk around the world who have pledged to send books to Lesotho. And I will be emailing each of them the postage/shipping details as soon as I have them.

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However, I met up with a small glitch. Some of you had the great suggestion that you use a local on-line bookstore to shop and send books to Lesotho… Well believe it or not the first world met the third world head on!!! And there is only one large online store that ships directly to Lesotho, but the shipping isn’t free and the advantage of shopping locally will be lost to you all… So I have been making a plan for the books to be shipped to a South African address near to the border and then we will get friends to drive them into Lesotho. So there are two options for sending books:

  • Postage directly to Lesotho: – Surface mail is fine, the cheapest option is really okay – it will just take a little longer to get there.
  • Online Shopping to an address in South Africa: You can use Amazon which is familiar; The Book Depository, which has free shipping to South Africa or a local online Bookstore like Kalahari.com. There are buttons to all these book stores on the left of our blog and we are affiliates with them. That means that we will receive a small percentage of any sales, if the payment adds up to the price of a book we will just add another book to the library.

So there is a plan and I will be emailing every single one of you who have pledged to send books to us, with the relevant addresses just as soon as we have them. And I want to say a huge thank-you to all of you who have pledged books – you will literally be changing lives!!!

You can read all about International Book Giving Day and all the other projects involved on their website today…

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Tags: Blog Events · GiveAways and Swaps · Lesotho

18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Zoe // Feb 21, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Can’t wait to receive the address details so I can mail out a package!

    This is such a great project, so glad that it all came together with International Book Giving Day.
    Zoe´s last blog post ..International Book Giving Day Link Up

  • 2 peggy // Feb 21, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Can we still join in? our kids loved seeing the school supplies we sent arrive at your home and at the school in Lesotho. As a mom, teacher and book-lover I think the idea of a local library is wonderful. Almost all of our books are in German, so I would love to buy a book or two ( or three…) online and have it shipped to South Africa. Would you be so kind to send us the postal adress it should go to? Thank you!

  • 3 se7en // Feb 22, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Hay Zoe, Yup, timing was perfect… I had it in mind for a while but I needed a connection!!! I have to say, I didn’t expect it to be so difficult to find a shipper… and had to contact all the local online stores and await their negative responses. Anyway I will have an address really soon and will get on with emailing it out… Hope you are having a fun week…

  • 4 se7en // Feb 22, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Hay Peggy, Of course you can still join in!!! The more the merrier!!!Really!!! I will add you to the list and as soon as I have the address I will mail the details onto you!!!

  • 5 Lauren // Feb 22, 2012 at 3:47 am

    We would love to contribute as well! Please send me the address we should ship to, and if you have any specific recommendations…age ranges, non-fiction vs. fiction…fairy tales…etc. Thank you so much for coordinating this effort! What a blessing this will be!

  • 6 se7en // Feb 22, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Hi Lauren, You are welcome to join in!!! As soon as we have shipping details we will get them to you… Meanwhile the kids range from preschool to mid-teen so really any book will do!!! Hope you have a good day!!!

  • 7 Sarah // Feb 22, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Hi. As long as it doesn’t matter how long the books take to arrive, we would love to send some English books from Norway if we can join in too.
    What a great idea.

  • 8 se7en // Feb 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Sarah, Fantastic!!! So glad to have you onboard. I wills end you the address as soon as I have them. Have a great day!!!

  • 9 katherine marie // Feb 23, 2012 at 4:33 am

    You are such an inspiration!!!!

  • 10 se7en // Feb 23, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Oh Katherine Marie, Hardly!!! However how many refers from all over the world never ceases to amaze me!!! Seriously I don’t have to do anything, hearts are stirred and hopefully books will be delivered!!!

  • 11 Amy // Feb 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Thank for the update! It’s interesting to hear of the methods available for getting books to this school in Lesotho. Count me in! Please, send me the address.

    Also, Pelican Post, a nonprofit based in the UK that facilitates the shipment of books to schools in Africa, is looking for new schools to partner with. If this Lestotho school would be interested in partnering with them or if you know of another school, you could contact Pelican Post: http://bookgivingday.blogspot.com/2012/02/pelican-post.html
    Amy´s last blog post ..Pelican Post: Send Books Directly to Schools in Africa

  • 12 se7en // Feb 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Thanks Amy, Great to have you along and I will definitely have a look at Pelican Post to see if they can make a connection, this is all so exciting!!! Hope you have a great weekend!!!

  • 13 Carin // Feb 27, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Hi
    I would love to send some books. Can I have the postal address please.

  • 14 se7en // Feb 27, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Hi Carin, Of course you can join in the more the merrier!!! I will send you the details now!!!

  • 15 Se7en’s Fabulous Friday Fun #113… » se7en // Mar 25, 2012 at 1:39 am

    [...] talk about … Books for Lesotho… I have to thank all of you for helping us build a Dream library for Lesotho… Book by Book… I don’t have any photographs for you this week but the emails are rolling in to say that the [...]

  • 16 Se7en’s Fabulous Friday Fun #114 » se7en // Apr 1, 2012 at 1:05 am

    [...] talk about … Books for Lesotho… I have to thank all of you for helping us build a Dream library for Lesotho… Book by Book… I so love that so many of you sent photographs and lists of the incredible books you sent to [...]

  • 17 Saturday Spot: Our Readers Have Built a Library for Lesotho... Book by Book... - se7en // Aug 27, 2012 at 12:31 am

    [...] February this year, on International Book Giving Day we settled on a project to bring a library to the school in Lesotho… We asked our readers to send a book or two to Lesotho and so build up a library for the kids there. [...]

  • 18 International Book Giving Day is on the Way... - se7en // Jan 11, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    [...] We had some postage problems… no shipping to rural Lesotho… but we made a plan!!! [...]

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