a new dawn - a vision of hope
Welcome to the web site of
Literacy in a Box Trust
The Rotary Club of Roborough, Plymouth
The Literacy in a Box Trust is proud to present its March 2013 HD video
This video runs for 3:27mins. To watch the longer 10:31mins version on YouTube - click here.
Matching Grant Appeal
The Appeal for pledges from Clubs and Districts to provide Literacy Boxes and local curriculum text books for Filipino children is progressing.
So far the project has the support of ten Clubs in District 1110, plus pledges from the Clubs of the Isle of Skye D.1010, Worsley D.1280, Swindon D.1100, Orpington D.1120 and Bush Hill Park, D.1130 with matching by several Districts. Our grateful appreciation is extended to these Clubs and Districts.
To obtain a Global Grant the Application has to attract minimum matching from the Rotary Foundation of $15,000. At the end of September we had pledges that would attract a match of just over $11,000.
To secure the remaining $4,000 (approximately £2,475) we need further Club pledges of between 6 boxes/£1650 (if all pledges are fully matched by District) and 18 boxes/£4950 (with no District matching). TO THIS END THE DATE BY WHICH SUPPORT CAN BE RECEIVED BY IS NOT LIMITED. More information is available here.
Please ask your Club and District to help Portsmouth & Southsea Rotary Club secure the Global Grant which will give 2,000 children, scavenging on rubbish tips, the basic education materials we take for granted.
Trustees trip to Zambia
On September 8th Ian Parker and Geoff Lucock set off for Zambia to visit many of the schools that have received Literacy Boxes in the past and to help distribute the newly arrived Literacy Boxes sent as part of the recent matching grant project.
Read the full news item here.
The following photo galleries are available. Commentaries can be found by clicking on individual images.
Zambia trip, Chipembele, September 2013 - 8 photos
Zambia trip, Project Luangwa, September 2013 - 13 photos
Zambia trip, Msoro, September 2013 - 11 photos
Health, Hunger and Humanity issues engage many governmental minds around the world, but more recently another topic is becoming as important - LITERACY. Put simply, if you can't read or write, it is virtually impossible to acquire the skills to overcome poverty and support your family, let alone progress in modern society. Thus, improving levels of literacy has now become a key policy with Rotary and governments on a global basis, as it is seen as key to the development of their respective nations.
This problem of poor literacy was highlighted when two members of the Rotary Club of Roborough, Plymouth saw, independently, the appalling lack of educational resources in schools in Southern Africa and were moved to do something to support the children, who despite being well-mannered and cheerful, had little hope through lack of facilities and the ever present spectre of AIDS.
Critically, chronic under funding of capital expenditure or the parents' inability to fund school fees, supplies and uniforms are at the root of the problem.
Operation Sunshine, a charity, local to our club, and which is working in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania was the catalyst to focusing Club minds and following discussions with them, the Rotary Club of Roborough approved a pilot programme of support for schools in Zambia. School Aid 4 Zambia, as the project became known, sent out educational supplies to two selected schools in Zambia, in boxes similar to those used by the Shelter Box Trust in supporting communities following natural or man-made disasters. The joy and appreciation at receiving the supplies was heart warming and as a consequence a Trust, independent of the Club, was formed to continue this early work.
The Literacy in a Box Trust, the name approved by the Charity Commission, became a Registered Charity No. 1118177, with a key role of creating awareness and funding streams for the School Aid 4 Zambia programme, along with managing the logistics for sourcing and supplying this educational support to Zambian children.
So far 24 schools in Zambia have received 394 boxes containing enough school supplies for around 10,000 children. Our primary aim remains to provide continuity of supply to the Zambian schools who have already received our boxes but as funds permit we will expand to other schools in Zambia. Furthermore if donations are made with a specific request that boxes are sent to a particular destination then we will work with the donor to try to achieve this. In April 2010 our Trust objectives were broadened to 'advance education, primarily but not exclusively, in schools in Zambia and sub-Saharan Africa' following which we have sent 66 boxes to the Philippines and 35 boxes to Zimbabwe.
For more information on our recent activities, please look at our Facebook page.
More information on Literacy and its place in Rotary service, Zambia and the Literacy Box are available on this web site. If you feel moved to help the Trust, either as a volunteer or financially the Contacts and links page will give you the information you need.
In anticipation of your support - a big thank you in advance!!
School Aid 4 Zambia, School Aid 4 the Philippines and School Aid 4 Zimbabwe is what we do - The Literacy in a Box Trust is who we are.
To make a donation, please use the secure online donation facility provide by PayPal
or make your cheque payable to:
"The Literacy Box Trust"
and send it to:
LitBox, PO BOX 243, Plymouth, PL6 6WU.