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The 9 Year old Girl who Started her own Library.

Room To Read recently tracked down Muskaan Ahirwar, a third-standard student who started her own library called “Bal Pustakalaya” meaning Children’s Library in a small slum in Bhopal, India.

This motivated young woman opens up Bal Pastakalaya every day after school where she has dozens of children come by from a nearby low-income neighborhood and listen to her read.

This is yet another moving story on how education can change the lives of many children in the developing parts of the world. Also showing the importance of Room to Reads’ “Girls Education Program”. Muskaan is pictured with a smile on her face, very proud of her accomplishments.

This Library is located nearby Ravens 2015 project of providing 50 girls with a 1-year scholarship as well as a library.

Check out the whole article from Buzz Feed here.

Meeting with Chief Innovation Officer

Today, Brian and Ashley traveled to the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver to meet with Cory Heyman Ph.D. (Chief Innovation Officer, Executive Director, and Room to Read Accelerator) & Sharon Davis (Vancouver Room to Read Chapter). Cory was in Vancouver for an Education Conference in which he was speaking. We met with him for a breakfast meeting and learned all about involvement in Room to Read and their plans for the future to ensure that even more children in the developing world have access to quality education in the future.

From left to right: Ashley, Brian, Cory, Sharon.

 

2015 Initiative Complete

Raven Supply has handed over the $25,500 raised last year by Raven Supply, their vendors, and customers. The funds raised in 2015 will go towards filling a library with books, puzzles, and other learning materials. We also fundraised to provide 50 girls in India with a one-year scholarship. This provides them with workbooks, backpacks and other supplies they need to succeed as well as support from within the community. Room-to-Read’s in-country staff, provide continuous support for these girls and ensure they are continuing to attend school.

 

Room to Read 2014 Initiative Launch Report

Raven Supply is proud to announce our 2014 fundraising initiative has been implemented! Our 2014 project was creating a literate school community. This included filling a library with books, puzzles, and other educational materials. Also providing instruction to grade 1 teachers, as well as Library training. We also fundraised with our contractors to fill an additional library in Nepal!

Please see the following document for a detailed description of these projects: 2014 Project Launch Report

Cambodia 2016

Raven Supply is happy to announce that the location of its 2016 fundraising initiative for Room to Read is Cambodia. We do not yet have the details on what we will be funding for, whether it be a school, library, scholarships or teacher training, but we cannot wait to start our 4th year of contributing to such a great cause. Keep posted for upcoming announcements!

Room to Read Global Fact Sheet
Our Work in Cambodia

Room to Read Initiative Update

Raven Supply was very excited to meet with Annie Place of Room to Read this month! She works on West Coast initiatives and recently joined the Room to Read team. She was in town to meet with a few donors in the Vancouver Area. Thanks to all Ravens Vendors and Customers that have participated in our fundraising initiatives since 2013 in Nepal and India for putting us on the Room to Read map!

Annie will be keeping us connected with Room to Read and providing us with our 2016 Room to Read initiative options!

Ashleys Trip to Nepal – Shree Madan Asrit Lower Secondary School

Raven Supply sent my sister Gabrielle and me to Palpa, Nepal to go and see our 2013 Room to Read project. The trip was truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

It began rather exciting with dance-off with the locals, natural rock climbing up to a tower & a beautiful sunset view before they took us back to our hotel for the evening. The next morning we all loaded into the jeep and headed 2.5-3hrs further up the mountain, on a very interesting road that barely fit one car, we learned very quickly the horn is the most important part on a car on that side of the world.

When we got to the school we were greeted by the schools’ principal, vice principal and in-country director as well as the entire school. They then gave us flowers & a powder on our foreheads and we went to cut the ribbon to the library and classroom that were constructed. It was such an amazing experience. We then sat in on a grade 1 class for about one hour & watched the students and teacher interact (no English was used in this school); from what we could tell the class was being instructed just as a class would be back in Canada. The teaching styles, getting students to sound out words, practicing and encouraging the students. Also, the look on their faces when they were getting rewarded in front of these strange guests was adorable!

After sitting in the grade one class we went to the library with the grade 5 class. They read together for a bit, then the race was on over to the new bookshelves to pick out a book that they would be taking home for the remainder of the week. We were shown the book checkout system and the library schedule and were told by the teacher that they were so happy with the library because it has put their school on a higher level than even some schools in Kathmandu with the number of resources they have now. They then got one of the students to read aloud while Gabrielle and I repeated what we thought we heard, getting a lot of laughs in between. They then asked me to do the same, I do admit they were much better at this than we were.

The experience Raven and Room to Read gave my sister and I was one that we will remember for the rest of our lives. It has also reassured me that what we are doing is making a huge impact on these communities, giving these children access to education and the chance for a better future.

2014 Run for the Cure – Bear Creek Park

This past weekend Ashley participated in the 2014 5k Run for the Cure, for her 3rd consecutive year. The run had a great turn out this year, as it was only the second year Surrey has been a host. Her participation is dedicated to 2 very special women, her Grandmother who has been fighting breast cancer for the last 5 years and her Great Grandmother. She raised a total of $345.00 and finished with a time of 33 minutes, with a BIG thanks to Raven Supply, Bennett Lee, and Dave & Liz Siemens.