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promoting literacy through the power of internet.

i live in a suburban area of Lagos Nigeria.The area in which i live in can boast of one functional cybercafe.Most cybercafe have been closed down because they run practically on gasoline because we don't always have power so, accessing the internet is quiet expensive.an hour on-line cost at least a dollar why many live below a dollar a day.
my utmost desire to go on the internet is my desire to make a change in the lives of children in my area that are from economically disadvantage home who attended very poor schools.
my survey reveals that most of these children go to school without books to learn.This became a burden to me.i know that the surest way out of poverty is by education.i also believe that every child deserves an opportunity to be educated . The internet encourages free flow of communication and the world being being my sphere of contact,i know i needed to do something urgently to provoke people into positive action and the only means i can do that is via the internet
i decided to write to schools and organizations who in-turn sent books to me .i created mini libraries in such schools.my happiest moment came when i received an appreciation letter from my state education board for my work.
In the course of this, i decided to organize a seminar to educate and create awareness on the need for teachers and school owners who are mostly women the need to make a difference in the community by using the vast opportunity offered by accessing the internet and these are factors they enumerate that debars them from accessing the net.
-they are not economically empowered as the cost of accessing the Internet in high
--constant harassment,raids by security agent who believe that cybercafes are used to perpetuate internet fraud.
-overcrowded cybercafe with young men
-the stigma that women who visit the cybercafe are wayward and irresponsible.
-the religious belief by some Pentecostals that internet would be used by anti-Christ to destroy the world
- no program mes to create awareness of what the internet has to offer and.it's benefits.
i feel that technological companies should be make affordable computers.
-telecommunication companies should lower the rate of accessing the internet.
Government should have internet sections in the library.women would prefer to go to library rather than a cybercafe.
i would love to have a library with internet facility only for women
Let's work together to bring internet access to women in other to enhance literacy

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lydiagcallano's picture

Great job!

God knows your heart, Chizoba and so He touches people to help you with your mini library project.

I have been donating my son's children's books to village libraries also over the years and I have no more books to give. I believe that you can get book donations from individuals and organizations through World Pulse. Why don't you try?

Kudos! Continue your good works!

Ma. Lydia G. Callano
Iloilo, Philippines
+63 33 3158137 or 5138830

chizoba's picture

Thanks for your good thought!

hi lydia,i still believe their are human angels out there.people who would love to help...i think i would write to some of my world pulse sisters that i have made.Thanks for your suggestions...
cheers and hugs chizo.

AngelHeart's picture

What an inspiration you are...

Dearest Chizoba, I am truly moved by the heartfelt action you have taken on behalf of the children in your community. Education is definitely the route of change and new possibilities and the children are blessed to have you as an advocate. Congratulations on the recognition you received from the state education board. I would imagine that it pales in comparison to the smiles on the faces of the children when they receive their books.

Is there a way to start a campaign to raise funds for a women only cybercafe or to purchase computers for local libraries? What support do you need to take the next steps in you work? I would be willing to help collect books or raise funds.

I admire your commitment to making the world a better place. Thank you.
In love and light, Ali

Alithea Gailliot, LMBT
Owner/Myofascial Release Therapist
Mind the Body Therapies, Inc

Thanks Ali, for your commendation and your suggestions.my heartfelt thanks for also desiring to help us.i would love to raise funds for computers.i would love to use artwork in form of postcards to raise funds for these computers.i would be delighted if you could help us in this fundraising.
My tremendous gratitude for your offer.

boughnea's picture

Great idea!

I think your work is amazing and your strength and hope are inspiring. You have a great idea in the library offering internet. Maybe a community enlistment in this feature would make it more affordable. You could have a low membership fee and if that was spread throughout the community, maybe a computer could be purchased and internet brought to the library. Then members could access the internet by appointment or something so that everyone got fair usage.

Maybe there could be a men's and women's computer that were separate to make women feel safer and less judged? Or maybe the one in the library could be a women's technology club/membership, where tech education and internet access are part both of it?

Great work!! Keep it up, keep pushing and hoping!

Best,
Amanda

chizoba's picture

great suggestions!

Dear Amanda,Thanks so much for your commendation...such commendation motivates me more.i appreciate your suggestions and i would definitely put such in mind.
cheers and hugs chizo

inetmom's picture

More Books for All!

Dear Chizoba - Our local school library removed books written in Spanish so almost 70% of parents could not participate in reading with their child. I was able to find an organization that sells new books at very low prices and partners with organizations to help fund purchases. I helped the school purchase almost $1500 worth of books for only $250 and shipping was free. They have world-wide programs. You should contact them about help getting books.

http://www.firstbook.org/

Good luck with your efforts. It is women like you that truly change the world.

chizoba's picture

thanks for your suggestion.

i truly applaud your effort in trying to help us out..i would get in contact with them as soon as possible.thanks!

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