Give the Gift of Education this Holiday Season

I recieved an email from Mama Lucy Kamptoni this week . She was excited to share that out of more than 100 schools in the Arusha district, Shepherds Junior school scored 2nd in class 4 national exams, only 2 points behind the top school.

This year’s TweetsGiving, a global gratitude event sponsored by Epic Change, benefitted Mama Lucy’s school in Arusha, Tanzania. Shepherds Junior currently serves about 350 students. During this holiday season you can help the school offer the opportunity for a great education to even more children.

Choosing one of the gifts below will help a child attended the shool. Your generosity will benefit children who have lost their parents or come from families that cannot afford basic needs.

Each of these items will help a child recieve a good education for a full year:

  • $25 – School Uniform
  • $50 – School Supplies
  • $100 – Daily Porridge and Lunch (annual meals)
  • $250 – A Good Education (annual tuition)
  • $500 – A Loving Home for a Child (annual boarding)

All of these gifts are avialable in the Epic Change Gift Shop.

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TweetsGiving Provides Important Aid to Tanzania

Scheduled for November 24 – 26, 2009, TweetsGiving is a global celebration that seeks to change the world through the power of gratitude. The 48 hour event was created by Epic Change and encourages us to express thanks using online tools and at live get-togethers across the world.

Guest are invited to give to a common cause in honor of those people and things that make them grateful. This year Epic Change will be partnering with Lucy Kamptoni in Tanzania to implement a technology lab at a primary school. The following video gives us a look at Tanzania:

But that’s not the whole story. According to the CIA’s World Factbook, Tanzania faces serious economic and health issues which will be addressed by the next generation. TweetsGiving gives us an opportunity to equip students in Tanzania to take leadership roles in the country’s future. Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders.

Tanzania is in the bottom 10% of the world’s economies. The assistance Epic Change offers to Shepherds Junior primary school in Arusha ensures the necessary tools for the best education the school can possibly provide.

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the many blessings and opportunities we share. Visit the TweetsGiving community and sign up for your own profile (it’s free). Then commit to give at least $10 dollars to the cause. You can also find a TweetsGiving event near where you live. Be a part, make history and help the kids in Tanzania.

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National Novel Writing Month 2009

This is NaNoWriMo’s 11th season of literary abandon. The annual adventure in noveling, held from November 1 – 31, offers participants the chance to be a part of a vibrant, web-connected community as they create 50,000 word works of fiction.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a project of The Office of Letters and Light, the non-profit organization which also hosts Script Frenzy every April. Their programs combine web and real world components to provide encouragement, foster creativity and build community.

Over 100,000 individuals have signed up this year, eager to be  a part of the seat-of-the-pants writing inherent in the program. Everyone who makes it to the 50,000 word finish line — and has their word count validated by the site — by the end of November is a winner. The forced speed and lack of over thinking fostered by 50,000 words in 30 days encourages participants to just write, ignoring that nagging inner critic which normally slows the process.

This is my eighth year to participate in NaNoWriMo. I’m taking a semi-layed back approach this year as I’m already busy with school, a site redesign and Tweetsgiving, but I know I can make it to the 50,000 word mark with a little effort. If you want to join me in my noveling adventure, you can still sign up at the site.

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