As part of ClearWorld Media’s new company policy where employees are encouraged to apply one day of the month to volunteering, on Monday May 21st, I (Suvi Rautio, Project Manager) joined the Rotary Club of Beijing to visit a small kindergarden and primary school of 166 students in Ping Quan county, Hebei province. The aim of the trip was to visit one of the 39 schools in Hebei province who have recently received a generous donation from the Beijing Rotary Club to build a library of 500 children’s books, one set of teacher’s books and a variety of educational toys. The donation was made possible with the help of The Library Project.
The overall journey time to and from Beijing was around seven hours, which took us past mountains and remnants of the Great Wall. After enjoying a delicious local (and organic!) lunch with the school principal and organizers of the Library Project, we were brought to the school and pleasantly welcomed by the kids. We were taken to an old dance room (which was to be replaced with the library and reading corner) and immediately got to work putting together the shelves. The students were so curious in what we were doing and before we knew it took over our role and swiftly got to stamping the books and organizing the shelves all on their own. In no time our work as library “builders” had been happily done for us. After a brief photo shoot, the school held a brief speech to thank the Rotary Club for their generous donation and visit to their county. Once all the formality of speeches were done, the students could finally choose a book of their choice, which ranged from short stories to history and science books, and enjoy a short reading break.
The overall excitement of the kids made our day and to think that we could return back to Beijing knowing that what was an empty dance hall before our arrival now consists of a range of educational and leisurely books and reading corner, means it is one step to improving the livelihood of rural China made possible with the donations from the Rotary Club and professionalism of the Library Project.
For more information about The Beijing Rotary Club’s contribution to The Library Project visit here!
Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Over 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 33,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographic areas. But they also have 270,000 Interactors, 170,000 Rotaractors, 150,000 Rotary Community Corps members. The main objective of Rotary is service – in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. During and after World War II, Rotarians became increasingly involved in promoting international understanding. In 1945, 49 Rotary members served in 29 delegations to the United Nations Charter Conference. Rotary still actively participates in UN conferences by sending observers to major meetings and promoting the United Nations in Rotary publications. In the area of medicine, Rotary has been in the forefront of the campaign to eradicate polio from the world.
The Library Project believes in education to bringing about change and work passionately towards making this happen by providing donations of books and libraries to under-financed schools and orphanages in China. Started in 2006 with five friends, including founder Tom Stader, in two orphanages in Dalian, China, they now have over 600 libraries in China and Vietnam combined and have donated over 360,000 books ; 668 libraries; impacted over 200,000 children; trained just under 9,000 librarians.
The Library Project provides a wide range of local language children’s full color and high print quality books including: history, science, short stories, fairy tales, books for very young readers, children’s dictionaries, children’s reference books, and an assortment of comic books. Each school also receives a full set of children’s encyclopedias for older students. The Library Project has plans to donate in Vietnam in 2012 and Cambodia in 2013.
The “blissmobox" is an organic and eco-friendly surprise package". It reminds me of the "organic vegetable bag" I got every week from the local organic shop back in Holland.
Join the blissmobox for $19 a month and you will receive a box, with a value between $19-$40 or more, of premium-quality product that are better for you and the planet. A great way to receive cheap and responsible products and a great way to learn about new eco-products!
Today I came across this campaign called “FORECAST THE FACTS”. Their main aim is to push media and particularly the meteorologists at the weather forecast to tell the environmental facts. Media should talk more about climate change and have the responsibility to inform people how human activity causes environmental disasters such as floods and draughts.
FORECAST THE FACTS organizes several petitions but I like the one against corporate funding of the Heartland institute best.
Bring Heartland down, Urge the companies like microsoft, Golden Rule and Pfizer to stop funding Heartland. Sign the petition! Click here
Did you know foreign celebrities have done very well on Sina Weibo and were able to attract thousands of followers after just a single post?
South Korean actor Choi Si-Won joined Sina Weibo and the number of his fans surged to 320,000 within four days. Every blog post he has published has been forwarded thousands of times. Radiohead attracted nearly 70,000 followers after its first post (“Testing the Weibo…”), which was forwarded over 10,000 times.
JustCoz is a platform that enables charities, nonprofits, and NGOs to increase their social media reach by way of tweet and status update donations. In just a few clicks your supporters can donate a tweet or status update to benefit your cause.
JustCoz is one of my favourite Social Media tools for non profits. It is easy to use, a great way for individuals and companies to share their support for a particular cause and a great way for nonprofits to boost their social media presence.
Are you a Slactivist? We make your contributions to social and environmental causes even easier, with this great selection of petitions.
1: Defend the Amazon
Can you imagine a world without the Amazon? Maybe you can, but it won’t exist! The Amazon rainforest not only is the home of countless wildlife species, but functions as a huge carbon sink. Its disappearance will have catastrophic effects on the Earth’s climate, ranging from a global rise in temperature to floods and sandstorms.
Say no to the disappearance of the Amazon and call on Rouseff, the president of Brazil, to protect the world’s most diverse rainforest.Click Here!
2: Support clean air protection
Living in Beijing, air pollution is one of our major health concerns. There are few days a year where the air quality is actually safe for us to breath unfiltered. Therefore, we really appreciate the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and their proposition to set carbon standards for power plants. We hope Beijing will follow by taking stronger measures. Unfortunately, however, big polluters are working to block EPA scientists from setting these new standards.
Help to stand up against big corporate polluters and sign this petition. Click here!
3: Stop the vicious cycle of hunger and poverty
On a daily basis tons of food is thrown away and wasted in restaurants, schools, office building canteens, and in markets. With this in mind, it is difficult to believe that still millions of people around the world are malnourished. With both obesity and hunger becoming bigger problems something has to be done to correct the unbalanced food market.
Since January 2011 the bloody suppression of the Syrian uprising has caused the death of thousands of people among which hundreds are children. The Ba’ath regime has shown to be heartless, and the international community has been a bystander unable to stop the violence.
Sign this petition to call upon Asma Al-Assad, Syria’s first lady, to stop the violence. Click here!
5: Stop the Shepherd Bend Coal Mine from Polluting Birmingham’s Water! vicious cycle of hunger and poverty
Clean water is the most important resource for all life on our planet. However, irresponsible companies around the world pollute immense amounts of water every day. They are not only polluting drinking water, but with crops being water intensive, our food supply is also threatened.
A proposed coal mine is poised to ruin the health, environment, and drinking water in Birmingham, Alabama.
Say no to coal mines say yes to protecting Birmingham’s water supplies sign the petition. Click here!
6: Clean up the dirtiest thing on the internet
As a social media enterprise we are intensive users of the “Cloud”. Unfortunately Apple, Amazon and Microsoft don’t use renewable energy to power the cloud. Do you love using their services but hate that by doing so you contribute to destroying our planet?
Sign the Greenpeace petition to call Apple, Amazon and Microsoft to switch to renewable and clean energy. Click here!
7: Asia Pulp and Paper is using ILLEGAL rainforest timber at their pulp mill!
World’s leading paper producer “Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) have been caught using illegally protected Ramin trees, contributing to the ongoing deforestation in Indonesia. Some major companies, even those with ambitious CSR programmes such as Walmart and Danone, still buy paper products from APP.
Convince these companies not to buy APP’s products and sign the petition. Click here!
8: Guatemalans shouldn’t have to pay to clean up Goldcorp’s mess
Canadian mining company Goldcorp is planning to leave Guatemalan’s in the Western highlands with a multi-million dollar bill, or a similar value in environmental damage, after extracting all the coal from the Marlin mine.
Help Amnesty international prevent this from happening. Help the indigenous Guatemalan community. Sign the petition!Click here!
9: Seeking a Future of 100% Renewable Energy in Japan
The Fukushima nuclear disaster showed the world the dangers of nuclear energy. Yet, Japan remains heavily dependent on nuclear energy. WWF Japan has initiated the ambitious “100% renewable energy campaign” to convince the Japanese government to shift to renewable energy.
Nuclear disasters have global consequences. That’s why WWF Japan is calling for petition signatures worldwide and not only locally in Japan. Sign the petition! Click here!
10: Petition to Implement the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a declaration issued by the United Nations. International law unfortunately does not work the way our domestic laws do and is heavily dominated by power politics.
Raise your voice for the implementation of the human rights declaration and sign the petition to make human rights education part of the curriculum in schools and universities.Click here!