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Did you Know?

90% of South African schools

DO NOT

have libraries!

We were shocked and saddened by this fact and in going forward the Long Walk to Freedom Mandela Bangle initiative in conjunction with The Long Walk to Freedom Brand, Soul Buddies, Rotary International, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and the Department of Education have put together an awesome LIBRARY PROJECT INITIATIVE to supply fully-stocked container libraries to as many of these disadvantaged schools as possible.

This is our primary Mandela Day Campaign.

Let’s combine forces and really make a difference for our aspiring future generation

 --OUR CHILDREN--

This overview will give you more insight on how your bangle purchase can help us by being part of the solution through donated funds, which will not only help us build and deliver the library but will also afford us the opportunity to educate these same children about the behaviours and attitudes that change the face of HIV and Aids in their communities.

The Mandela Day Library Schools project hope is to be able to deliver at least 100 units in the next 48 months. The need is much larger but realistic goals must be set and considering the fact that an average of 700 kids occupy each school we are hopeful that by targeting the specific school in areas of greatest need we will have a positive influence over may a child’s life and indeed create an environment that allows the children to be educated.

The container Library concept is not new to South Africa and previous installed libraries although few have had significant effects in making a real and sustainable difference in the children’s life.

The project is made up of a number of critical components but it all starts with you!

Each container is revamped from old container stock and restored to a product that is not only workable but aseptically pleasing as well.

Stage 1: is to collect sufficient funds for a container or a group of containers.

This is done via corporate donations, Mandela Bangles sales and fund raising campaigns. Corporate campaigns have proved to be positive as the containers can be branded should the corporate wish (at their costs).

Stage 2: is to secure the containers and start the refurbishment process, a partnership with Container Conversions has yielded good results so far and a level of consistent quality that we must now accelerate the program and make an impact on many more children, the importance of reading and learning through reading.

Stage 3: We in partnership with Soul City, an NGO with their Soul Buddies program, which is a child based organization identify the needy schools in communities that are able to accept the responsibility of the container and the librarian function that comes with the responsibility. This is all done with the blessing of the Department of Education but more importantly, the coordination and acceptance of responsibility of the recipient school Principal. The delivery of the first 40 units has brought many valuable lessons and guidance on what needs to be achieved to make the project a success and very sustainable

Stage 4: Collection of appropriate reading material, Jointly with Rotary International, Room to Read, Write Associates, Avusa Education, Read South Africa and the Read education Trust, Equal Education, Joe's Magz, PRAESA, Neledi Quali Books and Bilionef we collate books appropriate to the location, age and needs of the children to ensure the library is stocked and useful.

 Stage 5: The delivery and opening is always an exciting day but we look to make it more than memorable with the gifting of MyCopper Mandela Bangles to the teachers in the school to make sure they are appreciated as well. This is normally a great affair as the presentation is done via one of the many Mandela Bangle celebrity ambassadors with a bit of flair to make sure the message of responsibility surrounding education as a means of changing lives is a message the kids learn at an early age.

It is an unfortunate reality, but township life and impoverished kids in rural areas are often sexually active from the age of 11 and many more are abused with no real info on how to protect themselves. The bangle program is a symbol of new hope and inspiration in the story of Mr Mandela and his Long Walk to Freedom.

 Ideally we need to generate approximately R 195 000.00 per container to create the impact and deliver. Start the process for a new Library now and buy a bangle.

 Yours sincerely,

The Bangle Team