My Literature for Literacy initiative…
From a young age, I have been an avid reader, eager to explore other writers’ stories and eventually create my own. Being proficient in 3 languages has allowed me to follow my passion and appreciate literature through the lens of different cultures. I speak from the heart when I say that reading has molded my identity and experience, as well as my development as an author. For several years I have been a writer-contributor for our school newspaper, as well as a keen participant in local projects aimed at improving literacy and reading skills. My favourite recent experience would be helping a seven-year-old student improve her reading out loud as part of a school-wide initiative – the pure joy she expressed at being able to progress from thin books with big letters to longer narratives was infectious!
Yet, as I researched literacy further beyond my home country, I was left shocked by how low literacy and education rates are in many corners of the world, even now in the 21st century. Through my effort to fully understand the problem, I found Room to Read – a non-profit committed to solving global illiteracy.
As a young author, I am fully invested in advancing the goal of improving literacy and education in any way I possibly can.
I hence pledge 100% of all first-year proceeds* from the sales of my debut novel Waterdown to Room to Read through my fundraising page:
*Please read my COVID-19-based update regarding this decision.
The Literacy and COVID-19 blog post offers the thoughts and message I would like to share with you in these difficult times. It likewise provides a statement concerning my pledge to donate the first year’s worth of my novel’s royalties to Room to Read in view of my current, global-pandemic-fuelled decision to make Waterdown free to read for everyone on whichever platforms possible.
My long-time-coming functional (il)literacy post is up in the blog section now, together with some awesome background research from the likes of UNESCO!
Kind thanks for every contribution to my fundraiser page!
It has been incredible so far, both in terms of your donations, everybody’s interest, and consequent book royalties, all of which go to Room to Read. Together, we have already collected $1428 for this cause – already surpassing my first modest goal of $1000 – let’s not stop here!
(Fundraiser sum last updated: April 20th 2020 – a shout-out to all independent donors, anonymous and otherwise!)
I’ve also taken a closer look at the global illiteracy causes, consequences, and solutions through a series of posts on this topic:
- Check out my first entry.
- The second update is here! Understanding the effects of illiteracy is key to solving this world-wide issue.
- Finally, the solutions to global illiteracy – my last post in this series! Of course, I’m far from done with this topic: always researching and looking to learn and help as much as I can.