A Library for All

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A literary friend recently put me in touch with Library for All, and NGO that provides digital libraries to developing nations. It was founded by an Australian couple that moved to Haiti to help after the 2010 earthquake. They were shocked to discover that books were so scarce that school headmasters had to keep them under lock and key, so they set out to change this.

First, the couple contacted US publishers and media outlets and convinced them to donate content. Then, they launched a Kickstarter campaign that raised over 110,000 USD. Next, they sent tablets with entire libraries on them to a Haitian school set up to help former child slaves. The reaction was so positive that Library for All took off.

They now provide tablets to schools throughout Haiti and The Democratic Republic of Congo.

Although it’s a small way to help, I’ve donated my published poems to Library for All so my work now forms part of their growing catalog. If anyone out there has relevant content that they are interested in donating, please write me at thedrugstorenotebook@gmail.com, and I will be happy to put you in touch with this amazing organization.

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