18,000 Textbooks

April 13, 2012

One of the coolest parts of my role since moving back to the States has been seeing college students get excited about CARE for AIDS.  At first I wasn’t sure how much I would like working with our textbook drive project, but it’s so rewarding when you see how incredibly passionate these students are about making a difference in Kenya through engaging everyone on their campus.  It’s amazing how creative they can be, and I’m always impressed by how many of them will just absolutely not take no for an answer!  Whether that is convincing restaurants to donate to their tables or going door-to-door to collect books, they continue to raise the bar.

This past fall semester, our students set a new record for us by collecting over 18,000 textbooks!  That turned in to over $86,000 – absolutely mind-boggling.  Our whole team, both here and in Kenya, appreciates their hard work more than we can say.  Check out this video to see Cornel and Duncan’s response:

While our leaders aren’t too sure about having many children wished on them just yet, it’s so cool to see how their efforts putting up flyers, speaking to groups, and manning a textbook drive table are South Africa actually reverberating moncasino-fr around the casino world!

What do you think?  If 25 college students can raise $86k in one semester by discovering value in old textbooks, what can you do to take advantage of the unique situations around you?  Leave us a comment if you have ideas or if you want to send a message back to Cornel and Duncan! 

More stats on the fall textbook drives here

Video not working?  See it on YouTube here:  http://youtu.be/z-qBrn4va80