About Project OpenBook
Have you always wanted to write a children’s book? Can you draw? Bet your kids can! We’re creating a children’s book to raise money for girls in the developing world who’ve been sold into a hopeless existence. We want you (and your kids) to join us!
We’ll publish your work on this website, and the site’s community will decide what goes into the book. Think Shel Silverstein meets mosh-pit. We’ll use the proceeds to do amazing things.
Or you can read along! Read the poems to your kids. Share them. Join the community.
We’re raising $2,500 to free a young girl in Nepal from indentured service and pay for her education through secondary school. With our $2,500 contribution, Room to Read will intervene in a case where a young girl has been sold into indentured labor. Our money will return the girl to her family and fund her education through secondary school. See ‘The Goal’ below…
We don’t pretend to have all the answers. We don’t know how things will play out — and that’s part of the fun. You can follow along (victories and setbacks alike) right here on this blog.
You decide what goes into the book. Every poem has a rating. Just click one of the stars to cast your vote. Go ahead, practice on the one below…
Our goal with Project OpenBook is to make an impact. We’re starting with this small but powerful goal.
Kamlari is a social custom practiced by the Tharu community of Nepal in which poor families sell their daughters into labor. An estimated 20,000 Kamlari girls are now living as indentured laborers.
Sold into what amounts to slavery at a young age, these girls get zero access to education. Without an education, Kamlari girls have few options. They often marry young and have many kids. And the cycle repeats.
By putting a girl through school, we break this cycle. It is widely acknowledged that educating girls is the most powerful and effective way to address global poverty—and the single best investment one can make.
Room to Read is an amazing non-profit leader that enables education in developing countries. They do this by building schools and libraries, publishing children’s book in the local language and – of course – by providing long-term educational support for girls to complete their secondary education. Room to Read has been recognized by Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton, among others, for the impact they are making.
With our $2,500 contribution, Room to Read will intervene in a case where a Kamlari girl has already been sold. Our money will return the girl to her family and help with her transition back to school.
Last year, Room to Read supported 350 former Kamlari girls through an accelerated “catch-up” course to prepare them for the transition back to school. Following the course, all 350 girls successfully enrolled in school. Room To Read will provide ongoing educational support to help these girl finish secondary school (equivalent to American high school).
Why such a small goal?
To save 10 girls, we must start with 1.
We hope there will be more to follow… $25,000 to send 10 girls to school. $16,000 to build a library. $32,000 to build a school in Nepal. We’ll let you — the Project OpenBook community — help determine what’s next.
This 3 min. video profiles Sabina Timilsina, one young girl ‘saved’ by Room to Read.
So come along for the ride. Donate $5. For the price of a sandwich, you can give a young woman her life back.
To learn more, visit Room to Read.
Lots of folks have asked for a one-page flyer they could use to help explain Project OpenBook. Click the flyer below to download a high-res version that you can print and share with your favorite language arts teacher, pin to the bulletin board, or send to your writer/artist friends.