Friday, 26 March 2010

Books for the Barrios + Trust In Education join together to provide Education to 400 kids in war-torn Afghanistan « War of the Worlds – In War and In Peace

Books for the Barrios + Trust In Education join together to provide Education to 400 kids in war-torn Afghanistan « War of the Worlds – In War and In Peace

Wonderful New & Exciting Project…. We could use all the support we can get and would appreciate you re-posting this to your own social media profiles. such as Facebook, Twitter, My Space, DIGG etc… Thank you so very much!! You can find ways to donate or help Books for the Barrios, a registered Non Profit Organisation working to improve the lives and education of children throughout the world, proiding that glimmer of hope at


Please remember that no donation is too small or insignificant. We work with thousands of children throughout strife-ridden areas of the world, providing educational materials, training teachers, building schools and libraries, and coordinating fundraising and undertaking feeding schemes..

No little person can learn on an empty tummy.. :(

From Nancy Harrington, President of Books For The Barrios

“…as of last night, we are committed to work with Trust In Education to provide educational materials and books for a new school for 400 girls in Afghanistan!!… the name of the place in Afghanistan is FARZA, about 25 miles north of Kabul….there are teachers there but no building yet….the donations will not leave until the end of April which is fine….this new contact takes care of all the logistics etc….met the Ambassador last night….smart and committed….Nabi says not many kids learn English there but I convinced him it is a MUST….I am packing this all myself so all the books are culturally appropriate…I need learning toys and games….he said the stuffed toys will be a big hit…and, next year, Dan and I want to go there!!

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A bit about TIE – Trust In Education


Education when combined with health care and economic development programs provide immediate relief and are the solutions to ending cyclical poverty. All programs are implemented in partnership with the community, thereby empowering Afghan communities with control over their lives.

Trust in Education (TIE) is a grass roots, non-profit organization founded in May 2003 to provide health care, education and economic development programs in Afghanistan. An equal amount of time is devoted to educating Americans about our involvement in Afghanistan, past, present and future. TIE connects American communities and Afghan villages. Through these exchanges everyone discovers that we share more in common than not and experience the joy of making a substantial and long lasting difference in the lives of thousands.


TIE first provided funding to build a secular school for boys and girls in Lalander, Afghanistan that opened in March, 2005. “Their school” is within a 15-minute walk from home, instead of the three hours it once took to reach schools in Kabul. In March 2006, adult education courses were added thereby enabling both young and old to learn. TIE also funds classes in homes, in response to threats and actions taken by the Taliban. If we provide a safe forum they will come.

In home classes are offered during the winter when the schools are closed. Their appetite for education is insatiable.

Education is the key that unlocks all doors.
Join us in delivering education to Afghans who have had no access for too long.

For more information, please contact:

Trust In Education
P.O. Box 936
Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 299-2010

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Friday, 19 March 2010

Donnette Davis: Michael Yon Library - Distributing Educational Material NPO

Donnette Davis: Michael Yon Library - Distributing Educational Material NPO

Author, columnist, photographer, war correspondent.

Michael Yon Library - Distributing Educational Material NPO

About BOOKS for the BARRIOS

BOOKS for the BARRIOS began in 1981 among U.S. Navy families who were stationed in the Philippines. From 1981 to 1986, they worked closely with other knowledgeable, motivated volunteers as well as the U.S. Navy and Philippines Airlines to distribute hundreds of thousands of books throughout the Philippines. American children play a pivotal role in building and driving the organization's vision and operations. Growth of the organization into a worldwide project has been through the emphasis of the contribution and critical role of all participants, whether staff or volunteers.

Many developing countries are suffering from a “brain drain” losing many of its educated population for opportunities abroad, especially their most qualified teachers. The effects are widespread but strengthening the education is the key element in securing economic development and a better quality of life for citizens around the world.

To date, BOOKS for the BARRIOS has sent over 12 million books overseas, trained teachers in developing countries in a modern method of teaching and established over 50 Model-of-Excellence schools, helping millions of children throughout the world. The organization has expanded allowing it to reach needy schools by directly sending books to Mexico, Honduras, Philippines and Bhutan, as well as providing consulting services to other non-profit organizations who want to help over 140 book-deprived countries.

Today, a mounting debt, economic stagnation and decline and widening disparities among its people continue to plague all developing countries. This is happening on a global scale with widespread effects, but strengthening education is a key element in securing economic development throughout the world.

Michael Yon Library - Distributing Educational Material NPO

Michael Yon is an American author, independent reporter, and blogger. He was embedded with the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment (Deuce Four) of the 25th Infantry Division in Mosul, Iraq until the end of its deployment in September 2005.

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Wish List for Donation

We always need the following:

* Crayons
* Pencils
* Pens
* Markers
* Scissors
* Glue
* Toys
* Games
* Puzzles
* Stuffed Animals
* K-12 and College Textbooks on:
o Math
o Science
o English
o Encyclopedias
o Dictionaries (1985 or newer)
* Clean scrap paper
* Butcher paper
* Bulletin board borders
* National Geographic Magazine
* Bedtime Story Books
* Baseball Gloves
* Athletic Gear
* Equipment
* Tennis Balls
* Children’s Learning CDs
* Working Computer Systems: Pentium-3 Level (or better)
* New or Partially Used Workbooks
* Arts and Crafts Supplies (sequins, stickers, etc.)
* School and classroom materials

The mission of BOOKS for the BARRIOS is to strengthen public elementary school education worldwide, equal access to quality education to all children, most especially the disadvantaged children. We have many programs designed to help students and teachers, both at home in the U.S. and throughout the world. Over the past two decades, BOOKS for the BARRIOS has made a major impact on education in many impoverished areas of the world and on the awareness of U.S. children. The following are our major programs and some of our proudest accomplishments.
  • International Education ( 1 Article )
    Learn about how we collect an ship educational material, set up Model-Of-Excellence Schools, and provide needed educational training for rural educators.
  • Field Trip ( 1 Article )
    See how we involve U.S. children in the process of helping their overseas counterparts through educational field trips.
  • Environmental ( 1 Article )
    We help sustain the global and U.S. environment by diverting at least 700,000 pounds of valuable books and learning tools heading to U.S. landfills yearly.
  • Global Development ( 1 Article )
    We offer consulting services for replicating our model in U.S. cities and developing countries, and our Global Pupils' E-mail Program has nearly 40,000 participants.
  • Post-Conflict Reconstruction ( 1 Article )
    We work closely with American military combat forces in conflict areas by sharing our resources to support their local humanitarian aid projects.

TOYS for TROOPS: Help the Troops Help Children in Need during the Holidays

This holiday season BOOKS for the BARRIOS will be collecting TOYS for TROOPS...

so start collecting new/used educational supplies now. These toys will go to the American Special Forces engaged in the war on terror. BOOKS for the BARRIOS provides educational resources to support their humanitarian projects. They have recognized that education is key to their peacekeeping efforts. Terrorism posses a serious threat, as Al Qaeda and other groups are active in the Philippines. Please support our troops' global humantarian mission to create peace through their education

BOOKS for the BARRIOS would love to share more information with you. If you have any questions about BOOKS for the BARRIOS in general, donations, individual and group volunteering, internships, or to schedule a field trip, Please feel free to contact us using the information below. You can also read our FAQ Page to find answers to your questions.

Drop-off Hours:
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Contact us at:

2350 Whitman Road, Suite D,
Concord, CA 94518
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Thursday, 18 March 2010

Revision3 > Haiti Relief Resources

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Direct Relief International

Revision3 and Digg have teamed up to create a fund to raise money for Haiti. Please help us reach our goal of $100,000 by contributing to Direct Relief International. 100 percent of the funds will go directly to relief efforts in Haiti. Together, we can make a huge impact. Thanks.

Monday, 08 March 2010

CARE: Sign the Petition : Women Against Violence


Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights in the world. This violence takes many forms including: physical, sexual and psychological abuse, as well as harmful cultural practices such as forced child marriage. According to the World Health Organization, more than 50 percent of women and girls in some countries experience domestic violence. Almost every day, we hear and read about domestic violence, sexual abuse and "honor" killings. These cases are the ones that make the news; so many more go uncovered, even unreported.

This type of violence has extensive health and social consequences for individuals, families and communities. Violence against women and girls reduces their contributions to development, inflicts costs on national economies and undermines poverty reduction efforts. In short, acts of violence against women and girls prevent individuals, families and whole communities from escaping poverty.

Sign the petition above to call for an end to these atrocities right now. Together, we can make ending violence against women a priority.

*CARE will gather the signatures and deliver them to our elected officials with the message that more must and can be done to address gender-based violence.