more may I congratulate you and all your helpers for the good work you
are doing for children in Ghana."
- An Edmonton donor
for the fine work that you are doing. What can be better than a love
of reading and to be able to read."
- An Ottawa donor
thank you for taking the time to come to Virden, MB. telling us about
the progress you have made in Africa. I like the books you have written
the African society. I wish I could have given the children in Africa
more that $2.00. Thank you for telling interesting facts about Ghana
to the school. Thanks again."
- Ashley, student at Virden Junior High School, Manitoba
love to read, and I have gotten so much out of books. I have been reading
articles about the fund, and it really got me thinking of what I could
do. One way I thought of to help was to ask my friends and family to
bring books to my Bat Mitzvah, which I would then donate to the library
- A 12-year-old donor
How you can help
from Canadian sources can be sent by cheque or
money order, made payable to the Osu Children's Library Fund,
and mailed to OCLF, 188 Montrose Street, WINNIPEG MB R3M 3M7.
Online one-time or monthly contributions can be made through Canada
Helps, http://www.canadahelps.org/ (a not-for-profit organization
with a secure web site).
United Way contributions
are possible through regular payroll deductions.
interested in making a donation of securities
may do so by transferring them to: Account # 710-32210-11 c/o
BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., Fins#T009, 1600, 425 – 1st St. SW
Calgary, AB T2P 3L8 Attention: Joanne McLaw. A charitable tax
receipt will be issued for the security’s full selling price
on the trading day. For further information please contact Bonnie
Gailfus, Treasurer, at 403-263-9600 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the greatest gifts
could be to leave a donation through a bequest.
are seriously committed to ensuring that the maximum amount
of your donation goes directly to those we are helping. We have
no paid staff in Canada and we work hard to keep our administration
costs as low as possible. We are very proud that in 2008, our
administration costs were only 2.3%.
Charity Registration #88 990 4264RR0001
from the United States can be sent by cheque or money
order, made payable to Friends of African Village
Libraries (FAVL), and mailed to OCLF, 188 Montrose
Street, WINNIPEG MB R3M 3M7 Canada. FAVL is a non-profit U.S.
organization. Please note on the cheque that the funds are for
OCLF projects. A U.S. tax receipt will be issued from FAVL.
Charity Registration 501(c)(3)
Friends of African Village Libraries
to honour a special occasion (birthday, anniversary,
or In Memoriam, etc.) are acknowledged by a card to the individual
saying that, to mark the occasion, you have sent a donation to
the Osu Children’s Library Fund. Letters of gratitude from
library members in Ghana will also be included.
Contributions of any size
are most welcome. Tax receipts are automatically issued for gifts
of $15 and more.
The OCLF extends
its warm thanks to those who have generously supported our literacy
work in Africa. We continue to operate with minimal overhead and
spend funds with meticulous care. This sends an important message
to our volunteers, donors and beneficiaries.
Library in a Bag
reading, we are promoting Library in a Bag. These
sturdy, colourful cloth bags are made in Ghana, and contain eight
new Ghanaian storybooks, an embroidered towel with “READ”
and a happy face logo, and a bar of soap in a durable container.
The bags are given to deserving library members. For many these
may be the only books in their homes.
The cost of
one bag is $50.00 and is tax deductible. Please consider the purchase
of a bag as a gift to honour a friend, an occasion, or in remembrance
of a loved one. A tax receipt is sent to the donor along with an
appropriate number of acknowledgement cards to be presented to the
recipients. In the case of an in memoriam designation we will send
an acknowledgement card to the family. Contact
OCLF for details: email@example.com
from the Wurishie Library delight in their bags!
of gratitude from Library in a Bag recipients.
New and used
children's books are welcome, but we ask ONLY for books that are
nearly-new, clean, in perfect condition, and suitable for children
under the reading age of eight. (Please review the guidelines for further details)
Volunteers from Canada and
the US play an important role in raising funds to support our libraries
in Ghana. Our annual written appeal letter is one source of funding.
Schools, churches and Girl Guide groups undertake many different
fund-raising activities. One school in Toronto holds an annual second-hand
book sale and gives the proceeds to the OCLF. (More fundraising
Others help spread the vision of the OCLF through articles, notes
in their local media and by making presentations in schools, churches
and service clubs. A short DVD is available on loan for such purposes.
Volunteers who wish to undertake
an overseas placement with the OCLF should review the overseas volunteer
guidelines for further details. (See guidelines and volunteer
regarding financial contributions, book donations or volunteer
opportunities may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org