Jan. 26, 2013
-- The Baitul Salaam Network, Inc. in collaboration with Dr. Mikelle Antoine an educator located in Ghana who has launched a worldwide effort to get pencils into the hands of students in Ghana. Many students in the US, Canada, Europe and many other parts of the world take having a pencil and eraser to write with for granted. Not so in Ghana where many rural and urban poor children consider them luxury items.
Each year in the US hundred of millions of used pencils get thrown away. Now these once cast out items are being collected and will be shipped to Ghana via New York. Dr. Antoine is studying education in Ghana and noticed that many children did not have scrap paper or pencils to scribble (the beginning of the creative process). So Mikelle decided to ask publishing houses for their paper they throw away and make a request on Facebook for used pencils.
The Baitul Salaam Network, Inc. supports 50 orphaned children in Ghana who are being educated in a one (large room) school house that is part of a masjid (place of worship in the Islamic community) and thought this would be a good way to secure some of the school supplies for them and also help in other parts of the country.
The used #2 pencils and new pencils will be collected in the US (various locations by civic groups) and the Baitul Salaam Network, Inc. headquartered in Stone Mountain, Georgia and sent to New York city where they will be loaded into a container that will carry the items to Accra, Ghana.
The drive started Friday, January 4 and will continue through April 2013. To participate and to get more details email email@example.com.
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