It was one solemn morning. After a long lazy break, I was able to have a quiet time again. In the middle of my quiet time, a voice kept telling me to undertake a books project. Later in the day, a number of questions kept running through my head; how will I go about this? Which medium should I use? How many books should I raise and for which orphanage.
Then an idea struck me. The events of the Arab spring tickled me. The role social media played in fueling these uprisings spoke loudly about the potentials and power of social media. I therefore concluded to undertake a Social media campaign to raise 1000 books. I arrived at one thousand (1000) because I had a little over thousand friends on facebook. I was of the view that if I could convince each friend to give at least one book, I could raise the 1000 books easily. Then I settled on King Jesus Charity home, located at Boadi (few metres away from KNUST-Kumasi, Ghana).
Immediately the first post concerning the books project went on facebook, Dr. Sam Tinagyei, one of the chief sponsors of the orphanage quickly contacted me and set up a WHATSAPP support group. We set a July/August deadline for ourselves. Within few hours, one member of the support group came up with a poster which became our rallying picture.
Our first donation of seven books came in moments after the first post. The initial posts received numerous recommendations but not equal amount of donations. Donations kept trickling in as the campaign intensified. One day, another Social media acquaintance , Jemila Abdulai informed Keith Goddard of Book Matters of my project. I linked up with Keith and he promised to send down 1000 books from Canada.
By the end of September and with the arrival of over 1000 books from Book Matters, we counted the 1,420th book of the project. One major problem I faced was transporting the books from the warehouse in Teshie (Greater Accra) to Kumasi. I made contacts with all the big people in town I know. The sad story is that I only had excuses and those who were even willing to help were asking for a quota of the books. One went as far as asking for two out of the five barrels. In the end two young ladies, Setina Amezah and Dela Daniels collaborated and sent the five barrels of books safely to Kumasi . We only collaborated via whatsapp.
One young man domiciled in the US, Kwadwo Ofori-Mensah, Dela Daniels and my own senior from Senior Secondary school, Paul Azunre were the only financiers of the project. The cash they sent in served as the lubrication of this project and helped in adding to the number of books.
One person also worth mentioning is that taxi driver who took me round Kumasi for books collection and when he understood the cause, he refused to take money from me. He became the official driver of the project.
I noticed and learnt a few lessons during the campaign. I think they will be worth sharing so I will do so in another post.
To all who supported this project in diverse ways, the 1000 books project team says THANK YOU. Watch out for another campaign soon.