We've set a target to raise US$10,000 by the end of October. That's enough to let the 'Room to Read' charity build a library for a school community in Nepal. And stock it with books. And provide three years' support to make sure it is a success!
Think what that means - the children's current future is to grow up learning in a school without any printed books. Together we can change that. Here's where we need your help:
Donate! It's easy - we've set up an online donations page where you can make payments by Visa or Mastercard (Note that all amounts shown on that donations site are in US$, not HK$). Next month we'll invite the people who've made the three largest donations out to lunch to say thank you. (Now we realise that might stop you from wanting to donate at all - so don't worry, the lunch is optional!!) Please help us reach that target before October 31st.
Advertise on Batgung. So far the only advertising on Batgung has been the Google ads you see around the place. For the month of November we'll turn off the Google Ads, and display your banner adverts instead. The Google reports show that their adverts are displayed about 1,400 times each day, so your banners will get seen by plenty of people.
We'll also allow text adverts to be entered as comments on any of the pages on the site. Many of the pages do well in Google searches, eg Batgung pages are the top result for searches like "hong kong work visa", "digital camera hong kong", etc. The catch? You'll have to make a donation to get your advert displayed!
Read more about advertising on Batgung here.
Spread the word. If you have a local blog or website, please could you ask your readers if they can help?
No blog? E-mail works just as well! Please forward this page to friends that you think would support improving literacy. Do you have friends running businesses? If they'd like batgung's readers as their customers, please could you ask them to take a look at advertising here?
You'll probably want to make sure your money will be well used before making any donation.
First, be sure that none of it ends up in our pockets. The online donations page is run by a company called FirstGiving, that specialises in online fund collecting for charities. Your donation goes from them to the Room to Read charity, bypassing us completely.
Next there's the charity, Room to Read. They are a well-established, effective charity. Visit their website for a full background to their work, but here's a snippet from their overview:
Room to Read partners with local communities throughout the developing world to establish schools, libraries, and other educational infrastructure. We seek to intervene early in the lives of children in the belief that education is a lifelong gift that empowers people to ultimately improve socioeconomic conditions for their families, communities, countries, and future generations. Through the opportunities that only an education can provide, we strive to break the cycle of poverty, one child at a time.
Finally there's the project itself, to build a library. Some highlights of Room to Read's approach include:
If you have any questions, please leave a coment below. No questions? Then we sincerely hope you'll help with a donation, by advertising here, and by helping us spread the word.
MrB & Mr Tall