Research options for shipping the books and computers

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A number of organizations that donate books and computers have been found over the past 12 months however many of them require money to pay for shipment to Zambia. We're not talking huge amounts, we are looking at $1,000 to $2,000 that would get things done or options to rasie small amounts to fund the costs.

hi everybody,
we need as many people as possible to fundraise and any fundraising suggestions. Anything from children doing a readathon on world book day, marathons, boy scouts doing chores, pub quizes, selling homemade Christmas Cards and coffee mornings. Nothing is too small. Any ideas?
Sinead

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hi Mulenga,
you could probably try to get funding from a foreign embassy in Lusaka. According to the UNESCO website many embassies help libraries.
1. DANIDA (development agency of the Danish ministry of Foreign Affairs) supports library and information services to the public as well as book donation programmes and technical and scientific information. DANIDA's educational programmes and projects include the support to libraries. They work together with NGOs, governmental organizations, UNESCO and UN.
chief librarian at DANIDA Anja Moeller Rasmussen
anjras@um.dk
or the local embassy
5219 Haile Selassie Ave, (opposite Hotel Intercontinental)
PO Box 50299, Lusaka.
Tel: +260 1 25 42 77
email: lunamb@um.dk
I hope this embassy helps.
Sinead

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Hi Sinead,

Thank you very much for the information you have given me.I will be contacting DANIDA,though an application to them by nabuur will be responsed to faster.Staff at local embassies tend to respond to those organisations already established.

I also love yoy Idea of fundraising for the shipment and clearance of books and other items for the Library.Perhaps if we can come up with a list of items which are to be shipped and how much it will roughly cost then we will be able fundraise or even incase we are to approach individuals for help will we be able to say how much we need.

Mary I recieved a price list for books from Longman Zambia.Depending on how much it would cost us to bring the books and other items we may as well find that we are able to make a saving by just buying these Items from here.

I have been quite in the last week as we have been carrying out a community Sensitision on child to street draft which I will be posting soon.

Thank you for keeping the page moving.

Mulenga

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Hello all,

Sinead, that you for picking up this task, you're a star!

Dandida sounds like a good programme to support our project, maybe we could set up a task to write a letter of introduction on behalf of Nabuur. Mulenga could use that to contact Dandida.
Sinead mentioned that if we want to raise some money we'd need to set up/use a bank account. Mary posted information about BigBooks, a Rotatary funded organisation in the US. We have a tentative shipment and they have a system set up to collect money. Would that be an idea? Contact details:
Steve Frantzich
Telephone 410-293-6865
frantzic@usna.edu
www.parole-rotary.org

Alternatively I may be able to get Rotary International (as BIG Books is Rotary) to support the project by collecting donations worldwide. It doesn't seem that the local club has responded to Mulenga yet.

Cheers:

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Dear all,

I can see that fundraising is the bottleneck now. What if we look at the transport itself as the bottleneck and see if we can solve that (or do both ofcourse).
Just to provide some alternative ideas.
Instead of funding for shipping, we could try something different. Here are my ideas:

1. Biblionef in the Netherlands organises the shipping of their books as well (did somebody apply there)
2. If we know where the books are coming from, call airlines to inform you when there is a space left (I know for example KLM does that)
3. The same but for shipping companies
4. The same but for other NGO's (like MSF)
5. Organise a fundraising event locally to raise money
for funding the transport
6. Ask a library locally to adopt Mulenga's library

Best regards,

Gerdie

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Hi everybody,
Mulenga,I will contact the chief librarian.
Gertie, I am hoping to get a response from my local library soon on twinning with Garden. As regarding the space on flights it would have to happen from a country that has a direct flight to Zambia. Would it not? I will definitely look into this and especially the charities from Ireland though.
Sinéad

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Hi Everyone,

The point made by Mulenga about buying books locally may well be valid. We recently spent time in a book shop in Lusaka comparing the price of books to those in the UK. To our surprise there was very little difference and we ended up buying books for a local school. We were also given a 10% discount which made it very competitive.

The name of the bookshop was Bookworld, Manda Hill Branch, P O Box 31838, Lusaka, Zambia. Email: bookwld@zamtel.zm Tel: +260-1-225282/228209 Fax: +260-1-225195
Our contact was Bernard Ngoma (Assistant Manager).

Hope this is helpful.

Regards,
Shaun

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Hi Everybody,
Good to see that there is so much activity in Garden. We're getting more neighbours and we can almost smell success in the project. Corolyn made a great effort to get a grant for buying books and cost to hire someone to manage the library. We found several organizations that are willing to donate books but it all comes down to the cost of shipping.
We have 2 options, raising money locally by organizing small events, (car washing, bake sales etc) AND check if we can get airliners, shipping companies and the like to ship our stuff for free.
I think we could all check that in our own country , as long as you have direct shipping to Zambia. I know Sinead is very active on that front and I hope to hear from here how that's going.
I appreciate Shaun's idea to buy the books in Lusaka rather than shipping them. The problem here lies in the fact that Nabuur is not really geared to be a fund raiser. It may take a long time before we would accomplish our goals. Very often there is a requirement that the beneficiary is an officially registered NGO which we are not.
Since shipping is our bottleneck at the moment I'm asking all neighbors to look at options for free shipping. We'll hear soon about chances in Ireland; could we all spend some time to do research on this, e.g. UK, USA, Malaysia , Canada, OZ,Holland, NZ etc.
Also, who has the ability of organizing local events to raise money? I'm sure one of us has experience and we can then copy it.
Many thanks for your work, let's finish this project in 2007

Cheers

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Hello TJ,

I'm Navinson, you can called me Navin. i have some option, if want to raising fund... car washing, bake sales is a good idea. Or doing some craft to sell to the people, such like can represent Zambia, so that they can know more about Zambia (Garden) need. of course not everyone know about Zambia, how its look like or how its be. may be they can get more interest about Zambia (Garder)

Hope that can help you within this idea. have a nice day...

by Navin Son :-D

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Hi Everyone,

I guess I have bad news for everyone,as regards to the application Carolyn made to Feed The Mind.Our application was not successful.

Bad and disappointing as it is,we should it as the begining of our way to success.

We are back to square one,anyone with any Ideas of our way forward?

Mulenga

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hi Tjeerd,
is it possible to register YOFOSO centre as an NGO in Zambia or is it too expensive? Maybe we could look into that. International organisations may also be more willing to fund the library.
Sinead :-D

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Hi Sinead,
That's a good point, it would make fund raising a lot easier as a NGO. It does seem to be a bit tricky for such a small organization as YOFOSO. There is a discussion on a separate message board : http://www.nabuur.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=6000&forum=30...

I also looked into the possibilities of Nabuur as a registered
charity but they are not. That made me think of hooking up with a local NGO.
Have a look and let me know your thoughts.
Cheers

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Hello Navin,
Thank you for your new posting. There are many ways to raise some money in small projects as you say. Would you be interested in getting this off the ground in Malaysia?

If you click on "My Story" and "My Village" you will find a lot of information about Zambia, our project and our Local Representative Mulenga.
Let me know if I can assist you,
Cheers

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Oops

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Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to advice that Yofoso is registered cbo.It is just that at the moment most of the funds that we raise goes directly in our programmes:check yofoso Programmes on http://www.nabuur.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=200306&viewmo... meeting the costs of bank charges is beyond us.

Comments on these programme are most welcome this will form part of our programme manual.

Mulenga

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