We are all children of the African diaspora, united in the desire to change the world and help Africa.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Back in Gear! And On Our Way!!
Whew! Communications breakdowns left me biting my nails, for a time, but finally, breakthrough!
Turns out everything was ready and waiting, and after a few more phone calls, lots of negotiations, etc., we are finally on our way!
Our shippment of 10 computers is now in the hands of our shipping agency! At long last! That's Vincent and Ifi, a sweet and funny team who put our order together, re-repackaging (notice outward facing monitors? Perhaps not a good idea...?), and are safeguarding our precious cargo for the first part of its journey. I plan to call on them frequently and be an annoyance to them!
Honestly, they were very nice -- Vincent gave me a free French lesson ("all the words that end in -tion are the same! that's one third of the words!"), and they were very enthusiastic about the project, asked me lots of questions, and I showed them the pictures of Jonathon and the other kids at AACT who did the work of refurbishing the 10 computers. VIncent and Iffy want them to know that they will do their best to make sure our cargo gets there, intact and on time!
Vincent processed the job "at cost", and assured me not to worry, "everything would be alright."
Let's all chant, pray, meditate, or whatever you do that they are right!
I can't believe how far we've come...and how close we are to success! Still...Plenty more big obstacles are certain to arise..but I am confident in our victory. These kids will get their computers! Until that day, we'll keep pressing on.
Our current project here at CDUnited is to update the library at the Bingerville School for Boys (Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa) with computers, books, and videos. Read more about our efforts and how you can help, beginning with our first post. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to start at the begining.
Follet International Library Resources has a list of French language books for school children, selected and approved by the administration at Bingerville, and held on reserve under our organization name - Children of the Diaspora, United.
Please donate a book for the Bingerville library!
Ccontact Follet directly, purchase a book, and Follett will ship it to Bingerville.
CONTACT FOLLETT DIRECTLY:
1340 Ridgeview Drive
McHenry Il 60050,USA