A GRATEFUL SAN JOSE SCHOOL DISTRICT EXPRESSES APPRECIATION
During the 2013 holiday season, Hoopoe Share Literacy once again donated thousands of books to the ALUM ROCK UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT in San Jose CA. Their Director of Academic Services, Sharon DeAngelo, writes:
“...I cannot express my appreciation enough for the rich stories in Hoopoe books, and their positive portrayal of Middle Eastern life. I firmly believe these books help us to see the similarities in all of our lives, and how these threads of similarity bind us together.” To read the full letter and see student “Thank-You” letters, click here (1.1 MB pdf).
DURING THE 2013 HOLIDAY SEASON, THANKS TO EVERYONE'S HELP, THOUSANDS OF UNDERSERVED CHILDREN RECEIVED A HOOPOE BOOK
AS A PRESENT!
From California to DC to Massachusetts to Costa Rica – over 7,300 children were given a beautifully illustrated centuries-old folktale as a present during the 2012 holiday season. Plus many agency teachers and leaders were given books and audio CDs for their classroom libraries and sight-impaired children.
Happy children receive a Hoopoe book at the 2013 Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester, Massachusetts Holiday Party.
Costa Rican school children and teachers enjoy Hoopoe Books donated to the school library in early 2013. Here are some photos provided by one of our supporters:
The HOMELESS PRENATAL PROGRAM of San Francisco received 300 home literacy kits for the 2013 holidays. The Donations Coordinator, Sharon Bechtol, writes “It is amazing to see the reactions of mothers and families when they receive items they need from our program. Gifts like [Hoopoe books] provide our clients with the support and confidence they need to transform their lives...Hoopoe Books’ donation helps us serve the fastest growing segment of America's 3.5 million homeless people: families with children.”
Hoopoe Books support recent Afghan Refugees. During the 2013 holiday season, Share Literacy was able to distribute not only English language, but also a few of the rare samples of our Afghan language books to families of recently relocated Afghan refugee families in the San Francisco Bay Area. This gift was made through the Catholic Charities Refugee Relocation program, whose representative Azra Macek writes: “We were able to distribute the Hoopoe books that your Program was able to donate.... The parents and children were happy and surprised by this type of kindness, as well as to receive the children’s books in their language of origin.”
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter – 3,280 children received books and/or Home Literacy Kits.
Washington DC Chapter – 2,470 books, 400 Home Literacy Kits, and over 600 audio CDs were given to children in Head Start programs, community health clinics, schools, and educational centers.
Massachusetts Chapter – over 1200 books were distributed to children.
Costa Rica Chapter – 300 books were given out to school children.
From Our Friends in Canada
Canada's Institute for Cross-Cultural Exchange (ICE) has donated 142,000 books to disadvantaged children in Canada, Afghanistan and Mexico, since they began in 2004. In the fall of 2013 they delivered 1500 teachers' guides to Afghan schools together with 10,000 Dari-Pashto & English-language editions of Hoopoe books to children in Kunar and Nangarhar Provinces in Afghanistan. They also donated 10,000 English editions to Canadian children and 500 Spanish editions to Mexican children in Cuernavaca. For more information on ICE, go to their website at www.iceeducation.org
Afghan children reading a Hoopoe book provided by Hoopoe Books & ICE in 2013.
Read the article in the .ca Intelligencer about how Hoopoe books can create patterns and relationships that nurture a part of the mind that is not as easily reached in direct ways. Click here for the pdf (90 KB).
Featured in the San Francisco Chronicle
Books for Afghanistan keeps culture an open book. Read more about Hoopoe stories and book distribution in the US and Afghanistan at SFGate.com.