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Squeals of delight over first books… could we readers, writers and book lovers around here at Book SA give 83 children at Luvuyo Orphanage a box set of books each?

I write to thank you for the “Little hands” books that you so kindly donated to Carolize Jansen for use at the Luvuyo Orphanage and Child Care Centre, in Soshanguve, where I do voluntary work under the auspices of the Union of Jewish Women in Pretoria.

It was with great joy that the children held their first book in their little fingers.



Looking at the pictures and merely turning the pages were new experiences for the pre-schoolers.


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For the past year,my mission has been to focus on the educational aspect of the Day- Care Centre. I have started a variety of activities for the children who have enjoyed playing with play dough, bean bags, balls.We sing, read and dance together. Sometimes we paint or make necklaces out of macaroni.The Centre has very few books and your donation of the “little hands” books brought squeals of delight!

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It was obvious that some children had never held a book before and we had to explain how to hold it and turn the pages.How heartwarming to see their joy!We give the children a party at the end of each year where all the children and helpers are given presents.


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It would be great to give each child his own book as part of his Xmas gift. Most speak Tswana, but North Sepedi would be fine too.

This letter and the photographs were sent by Hilary Jocum to Carol Bloch at Little Hands. Carol thought the idea of giving each child a set of Little Hands books for Christmas would be truly wonderful, so she emailed back to enquire how many children six years and under are at the Orphanage and Day Care Centre. Lindiwe Nokwali, the director of the Luvuyo Orphanage confirmed that there are 83 children 6 years and younger.

The Little Hands box of eight books costs R120, half a box costs R60. If everyone at Book SA gave half a box and sent this link on to three bookish colleagues outside of Book SA who might consider giving the other half of a box, then I’m sure that between us, without too much difficulty we could give 83 children a lovely box set of books each…

You could pledge a half set or a full set to one of the 83 children, by adding your name in the comment field at the end of the blog and making a payment of R60/R120 to the Little Hands Trust before 21st November:

Standard Bank Rondebosch, Plusplan account number 274909294
Swift code: SBZA ZA JJ
Branch Code: 025009

(If you make a donation for books for Luvuyo, please remember to add your name to the comments section below or, if you prefer to be anonymous, please email Carole Bloch, so that she can keep track of the donations meant for Luvuyo specifically.)

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HAPPY NEWS x 2 TARGET MET! LUVUYO CHILDREN

    AND

VRYGROND CHILDREN WILL GET BOOKS.

I’m very glad to say that thanks to everyone who donated a box or two or more of books, the 83 children of Luvuyo Orphanage will each receive a box of books at their end of year party.

Hilary from the Jewish Women’s Union, posted this note below:

“Dear Carole and all you generous donors
A HUGE thank you for enabling me to share the joy of reading with the little ones at Luvuyo! I am indeed overwhelmed by your response!It is great to know that there are so many caring people! Will send more photos to show the children’s reaction.THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!”

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VRYGROND COMMUNITY LIBRARY IN RETREAT

some of the new brick houses in VrygrondVrygrond is possibly the oldest informal settlement in the Western Cape. Originally the Trek fishermen who made their living from the sea, settled in the area and built homes of tin, wood and boards near the beach. Today, many, perhaps even the majority of Vrygrond residents have no regular work. Until a few years ago, Vrygrond had no electricity, no sewage, no running water. 21 public water taps served over 1,000 homes and toilet buckets were emptied once a week by the Council. Recently things have been improving in Vrygrond, brick houses have been built and there is now a wonderful community library.

At present the population is roughly half Afrikaans and English speaking, and half Xhosa speaking.

Educationalists have established that the effect of the economic and social deprivation in places like Vrygrond is that the children are between 2 and 3 years behind their appropriate age levels.

The library has become a resource more for the children of Vrygrond than anything. This was to some extent dictated by the nature of the community; very few adults in Vrygrond have the desire to read books. And the low literacy levels do not help. So the library has become a place used by school-going children. Many come there to have a quiet place to do their homework. And Elizabeth has built on this by holding reading classes where she and older kids assist others to read. In addition she has helped form a group of Vrygrond teenagers, called “Generation for Change” who use the library as their centre for community activities. This is not a library where silence often reigns!

The Vrygrond Community Library was also thrilled to hear they would be receiving some sets of Little Hands books. The Little Hands books very generously donated by Liz Page from IBBY International, and Penny Hochveld from Exclusive Books will go to this library.

The Vrygrond library has almost 2000 memebers. The ages of the young members range as you will see from attached photo (taken of some young members last week when they were being taught about a nativity play that they are participating in for Christmas), but according to the librarian, none of the children read that well.

 

Recent comments:

  • <a href="http://alexsmith.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    October 23rd, 2008 @14:46 #
     
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    Carol, I'd really like to buy lots of box sets for the children of Luduvuyo, but I can't afford to pledge more than R120 for one box set for one child. I have just done an online bank payment for that amount to the Little Hands Trust:)

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    October 23rd, 2008 @15:20 #
     
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    Count me in. Wish I could buy one for each child.

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  • <a href="http://www.moxyland.com" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    October 23rd, 2008 @18:59 #
     
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    count me in for one set (R120)

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  • Sven
    Sven
    October 23rd, 2008 @21:29 #
     
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    Done (x1, called the beneficiary Little Hands..)..

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  • <a href="http://alexsmith.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    October 24th, 2008 @08:37 #
     
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    Helen, Lauren and Sven, thank you so much for getting involved, those boxes are surely going to make three little people very, very happy:) xxx

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    At the bookshop earlier this week a saw a book called Wikinomics and the subtitle caught my eye: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything ... it's aimed more at corporate readers, but still the idea of the collaborations made possible by online, reminded me of these 83 children and the 83 boxes of Little Hands Books.

    This was what Publishers Weekly said about that book:
    The word "wiki" means "quick" in Hawaiian, and here author and think tank CEO Tapscott (The Naked Corporation), along with research director Williams, paint in vibrant colors the quickly changing world of Internet togetherness, also known as mass or global collaboration, and what those changes mean for business and technology. Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia written, compiled, edited and re-edited by "ordinary people" is the most ubiquitous example, and its history makes remarkable reading. But also considered are lesser-known success stories of global collaboration that star Procter & Gamble, BMW, Lego and a host of software and niche companies. Problems arise when the authors indulge an outsized sense of scope-"this may be the birth of a new era, perhaps even a golden one, on par with the Italian renaissance, or the rise of Athenian democracy"-while acknowledging only reluctantly the caveats of weighty sources like Microsoft's Bill Gates. Methods for exploiting the power of collaborative production are outlined throughout, an alluring compendium of ways to throw open previously guarded intellectual property and to invite in previously unavailable ideas that hide within the populace at large. This clear and meticulously researched primer gives business leaders big leg up on mass collaboration possibilities; as such, it makes a fine next-step companion piece to James Surowiecki's 2004 bestseller The Wisdom of Crowds.

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  • George
    George
    October 24th, 2008 @08:50 #
     
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    Great project. Will chip in.

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  • <a href="http://sarahlotz.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Sarah Lotz</a>
    Sarah Lotz
    October 24th, 2008 @09:02 #
     
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    Ditto x one. x

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    October 24th, 2008 @09:09 #
     
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    BOOK SA just received a note from a donor (who will remain anonymous for the time being) which says, and I quote:

    "83 sets at R120 each is R9960 for the orphanage. Will give you a cheque for that amount."

    What unbelievable news - and generosity! Kudos to Alex for bringing the project to our attention - and to Little Hands for providing a reason to get involved.

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  • <a href="http://fionasnyckers.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    Fiona
    October 24th, 2008 @09:11 #
     
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    One box - transfer done. Marked "Luduvuyo."

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  • <a href="http://www.sapartridge.co.za" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    Sally
    October 24th, 2008 @09:21 #
     
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    I can only donate once I've been paid... but I will!

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  • <a href="http://alexsmith.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    October 24th, 2008 @09:35 #
     
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    George, Sarah, Fiona, Sally and the amazing anonymous donor, whoever you are, wow, I'm speachless, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you again for getting involved, this is so exciting, for sure there will be lots of squeals of delight at the Luvuyo end of year party when all the children get their own box of Little Hands books.

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  • <a href="http://alexsmith.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    October 24th, 2008 @09:39 #
     
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    Luduvuyo -- I'm so excited my spelling has gone to pot:)

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  • <a href="http://alexsmith.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    October 24th, 2008 @10:08 #
     
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    And also thank you Ben, because without you there would be no Book SA and so no Little Hands blog and it is actually you who bought Little Hands to our attention by giving Little Hands this space and setting up this blog (and all the others around here), and teaching all of us how to manage a, em, strong, more, blockquotes and the rest.

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  • <a href="http://alexsmith.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    October 24th, 2008 @10:10 #
     
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    brought!! Oh dear my spelling...

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  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    October 24th, 2008 @10:14 #
     
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    There's a box from me for whichever other worthy cause Carole has in mind, now that the Luvuyo kids have their books.

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  • <a href="http://littlehands.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Carole</a>
    Carole
    October 24th, 2008 @10:15 #
     
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    This is great! There are many other groups who work with young children and long for books, and will use them - so we will decide on some others - and we will manage to reach more than the Luvuyo children!

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    October 24th, 2008 @11:30 #
     
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    I have a warm fuzzy glow at the thought of donors large and small, my eyes are watering from Ben Trovato's Holy Missive and my hair is still smouldering from Karina's Hat. Thanks Book SA, you make working alone at home bearable.

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  • <a href="http://www.modjajibooks.co.za" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    Colleen
    October 24th, 2008 @12:04 #
     
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    Ditto to what Louis said. Will pay next week.

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  • <a href="http://alexsmith.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    October 24th, 2008 @14:14 #
     
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    Louis and Colleen, very hearty thank you to you both for getting involved too. Carol and the Little Hands Trust and Stories Across Africa are doing such great things -- it's very inspiring.

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  • lizpage
    lizpage
    October 24th, 2008 @14:43 #
     
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    It is a grand scheme and so important. Count me in for 20 sets.

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  • <a href="http://littlehands.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Carole</a>
    Carole
    October 24th, 2008 @16:17 #
     
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    Wow, Liz, and all of you, on this blustery Friday, who have been so generous, thank you very much indeed!

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  • <a href="http://alexsmith.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    October 24th, 2008 @16:32 #
     
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    Thank you, Liz! very, very much. I will gather and post some information next week about the other projects/schools/reading groups that Carol is working with and where these books will be going to and what language the books going are in.

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  • <a href="http://littlehands.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Carole</a>
    Carole
    October 24th, 2008 @16:33 #
     
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    Please put your name as reference for us if you give a donation by internet banking - Ive just checked and one says 'for Luvuyo' which means I don't know who you are and we would like to be able to thank you. Of course if you want to be a nonymouse, then we will respect that.

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  • <a href="http://www.sapartridge.co.za" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    Sally
    October 27th, 2008 @14:19 #
     
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    Was paid so Ive just donated. Reference was sapartridge.

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  • <a href="http://alexsmith.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    October 27th, 2008 @15:25 #
     
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    Thank you Sally:)

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  • <a href="http://littlehands.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Carole</a>
    Carole
    October 27th, 2008 @17:48 #
     
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    and thanks from me too and to Penny Hochveld,Penny Hochfeld, CSI Manager at
    Exclusive Books Head Office who writes:
    Dear Carole

    I was happy to see that some kind donor stepped in and bought all the Little Hands sets required for Luvuyo.

    I would be very happy to buy ten sets - either for you to use for another worthy beneficiary, or for me to use in the community libraries that we fund through the Exclusive Books Reading Trust. Thanks Penny and Exclusives - I will soon post the next group we'd like to give books to.

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  • <a href="http://www.readerswarehouse.co.za" rel="nofollow">Thomas</a>
    Thomas
    October 27th, 2008 @23:28 #
     
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    Hello Carole, Alex and co

    I spoke with the folks and we have deposited R240.00 for two boxes.

    You should see the payment in your account soon Carole. Will be under Reader's Warehouse.

    Good luck with your next few projects Carole and lets see how many sets are given away for the rest of the year.

    Thomas

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  • <a href="http://alexsmith.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    October 28th, 2008 @12:03 #
     
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    Hi Thomas, thank you for spreading the word (!) and thank you and and your folks for those lovely boxes of books:)

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  • Hilary
    Hilary
    October 28th, 2008 @12:10 #
     
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    Dear Carole and all you generous donors
    A HUGE thank you for enabling me to share the joy of reading with the little ones at Luvuyo! I am indeed overwhelmed by your response!It is great to know that there are so many caring people! Will send more photos to show the children's reaction.THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!

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  • <a href="http://littlehands.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Carole</a>
    Carole
    October 28th, 2008 @16:12 #
     
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    Today I heard that the Vrygrond community library is very keen to receive some Little Hands books, so we will get some details from them and try to help there next.

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  • <a href="http://alexsmith.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    October 29th, 2008 @12:37 #
     
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    Liz from Ibby and Penny from Exclusive Books, were among the book-lovers around here who donated Little Hands boxes of books for Luvuyo, and since there was such a great response, the extra books, in particular the thirty books donated by Liz and Penny will go to the Vrygrond Community Library. Vrygrond is possibly the oldest informal settlement in the Western Cape -- and to read more about it please scroll up to the original post, as I have added some information about the Vrygrond Community there.

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  • Sharon
    Sharon
    October 29th, 2008 @18:01 #
     
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    Following on the Vrygrond information, I am a volunteer who visits the community library regularly. The librarian and her assistant occupy the local children after school every afternoon with reading groups, homework help, projects, chess and more. With minimal resources they do phenomenal work in this disadvantaged community. Any help they receive is hugely appreciated and ultimately the children will benefit.

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  • <a href="http://alexsmith.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    October 31st, 2008 @08:14 #
     
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    Good Heavens, a 'singularity' sensation! Identity of generous anonymous donor of 83 boxes of Little Hands books soon to be revealed …

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