To laugh often and love much:To win respect of intelligent people; And the affection of children;To earn the approbation of honest critics; And endure the betrayal of false friends;To appreciate beauty;To find the best in others; To give one's self; To leave the world a little better, Whether by a healthy child, A garden patch, Or redeemed social condition;To have played and laughed with enthusiasm, And sung with exultation;To know even one life has breathed easier,Because you have lived...This is to have succeeded.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
WHy Do More?
I really love Emerson's quote and I have tried to guide my decisions based on this definition of success. Now that I am living out this dream of being a published author, I would like, with the help of my little readers, to "know that one life has breathed easier.
On this page, I will keep track and share information about organizations/events that the proceeds of book sales will allow me to contribute to. If you know of an event or an organization that could use BILINGUAL children's books or simply want to share it with more readers, please CONTACT ME.
Together we can make a difference!
Projects we are involved with:
Be a Part of the Project!
Santana Del Macano- Learning Center
As of May 2012, $1 of every book sold will be going to building a Learning Center in Santana del Macano in Panama....the community I lived in while I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer. As the project plans unfold, I will post more information on here.
Feel free to Email me if you would like to contribute to this project with your time, materials, and/or financial support.
Project Date: Summer 2013
Operation USA helps communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty throughout the world by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid. They provide material and financial assistance to grassroots organizations that promote sustainable development, leadership and capacity building, income generating activities, provide education and health services, and advocate on behalf of vulnerable people. Check out their WEBSITE for more info!
South FLorida RPCV
RPCVSF promotes Peace Corps values through cultural exchange and continuing service in our communities at home and internationally. Our social events, service projects, advocacy, and educational activities provide returned volunteers with the chance to connect with other returned volunteers in the South Florida area and advance the Third Goal of Peace Corps.
Raises de Esperanza
Another organization that I've had the honor of working with and getting to know is Roots of Hope (Raises de Esperanza). While in College I was able to attend a conference held by the organization that really opened my eyes to the realities that our neighbors to the south were living, a reality I had no clue about. Thoughout the years I have learned a little more about the work that those involved in this organization do, and am proud to say that I know them.
Here is a little about WHAT THEY DO. I encourage you to learn more about their cause.
Their ongoing projects aim to promote meaningful exchanges that are mutually empowering to youth on and off the island. Those projects engage all sectors of Cuban youth to facilitate greater communication, understanding and empowerment of young people on both sides of the Florida Straits. By encouraging young people in and outside of Cuba to share experiences, resources and information, they are helping build bridges and networks of collaboration that make our shared hopes and dreams for Cuba’s future a reality. To get involved, please contact them at email@example.com .