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I am a 21 year old volunteer teacher in Africa and am raising money to build a library at my school. Thank you!

Hello! My name is Samiyah Currimbhoy and I’ve been working as a volunteer teacher for the past five months in Namibia. I teach English to Grade 6 and Computer Science to Grades 5, 6, and 7. With about 40 students in each of my 8 classes, being a first time teacher has been a challenging task. Despite the occasional hardships, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’ve developed an incredibly close bond with my kids and I’m pleased to say that working at Festus !Gonteb Primary School has been the most rewarding and fulfilling experience of my life.

As you may have guessed, the kids who attend Festus !Gonteb live in unimaginable living conditions. The majority live in TINY tin shacks and don’t have any running water in their homes. About 40% of our students are orphans or vulnerable children. I’m always shocked when I attend parent-teacher conferences. The parents who even bother to show up are usually drunk, or have zero interest in their child’s academic success. These kids are bright and have so much potential, but sadly the pass rate here is extremely low. I don’t even want to begin talking about the flaws in the Namibian school system, but the system combined with parent apathy leads to our students having very little motivation.

Last term, I asked my kids how many of them have one or more books at home. To my dismay, about 4-8 raised their hand in each of my classes. This literally brought tears to my eyes. Growing up, I was always surrounded by books and took this privilege for granted. This is why I’ve made it my goal to build a library at my school. In order to do this, I NEED your help.

Please consider donating to my cause to help make this library a success! You can donate used books and mail to:

Samiyah Currimbhoy
P.O Box 349
Swakopmund, Namibia

All money raised on this website will go towards the construction of this library- shelves, desks, a computer, etc.

Creating a library out of a small storage room is a daunting task, but I know it will be possible with your help. I plan on cataloging each book and developing an organized and sustainable system for checking out/returning the books. I want this library to be here long after I’m gone, so that every student at Festus !Gonteb will have access to books and reap the rewards of reading.

Please help me make this possible. In the short time I’ve known my kids, they’ve changed my life. Now, I want to change theirs.

Please let me know if you plan on donating so that I can keep track of how many books I can expect. I cannot thank you enough for your kindness and generosity.

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