the Institute for Cross-cultural Exchangethe Institute for Cross-cultural Exchange

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Cover of The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water

We are expanding our book donation program to help as many Canadian children as we can. Many of these children have no books. Many will learn to read and develop their literacy skills using books we donate.

As always, we are dependent on your generous support for the success of these projects. With your help we can donate books to thousands of deserving children at low cost through non-profit literacy partners.

Our Immediate Need

With contributions totaling $186,000, we can donate at least 50,000 books this year.

ICE would like to distribute thousands more books if we could afford to do so. There remains a vast demand for good books to donate to children who have so little. The organizations we have already contacted could easily distribute over 50,000 books per year.

Possibilities for the Future

The objectives contemplated for future ICE activities are quite broad, and will hopefully evolve over time to include various projects that further cross-cultural exchange. For now, we would like to undertake the following project:

Francophone Book Distribution Program
For $26,040 we can distribute 7,000 copies of a new French edition of The Lion who Saw Himself in the Water to Francophone children in need.
We are looking for volunteers to contact Francophone literacy organizations to determine their needs and their interest.
We need help with French translation, back translation and page layout using Quark 6.0.

Our Canadian Partners

Kids from Regent Park Community Health Centre reading Hoopoe Books

Two girls reading The Boy Without a Name by Idries Shah
Girls at Regent Park Community Health
Centre reading The Boy Without a Name by
Idries Shah.

Abbotsford Community Services
ABC Head Start
Affiliated Services for Children and Youth (Hamilton, ON)
Algonquin / Hands
Andrew Hunter Elementary School
Baycrest Public School
Better Beginnings Better Futures
Burnside Gorge Community Centre
Calgary Learning Centre – CANLEARN
Calgary Reads
Community Association for Lasting Success – CALS
Camrose Family Literacy
Cardston and District Community Learning Programs
Chilliwack Community Services
College of New Caledonia - Nechako
Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy
Communities 4 Families
Crescent Town Public School
Drayton Valley Adult Literacy Society
Drumheller & District Further Education Council
E4C Early Head Start (Edmonton, AB)
Edmonton Catholic School District #7
Elizabeth Fry Society
Family Literacy Events Committee – FLEC
Frontier College
Gaspesie Literacy Council
George Webster Elementary School
Girl Guides of Canada
Grande Prairie Family Education Society
Hand in Hand Childcare Society
Henday Association for Lifelong Learning
Highfield Community Enrichment Project
HIPPY Canada
Hippy – Britannia Community Education
HIPPY – Halifax
HIPPY – Red Deer
HIPPY – Tsleil-Wauthuth Nation
HIPPY – Squamish Nation
Immigrant Services Calgary
Investing in Children (London, ON)
Jane/Finch Community & Family Centre
KidsAbility Centre for Child Development
Kingston Literacy & Skills
Literacy Alberni
Literacy in Action
Literacy Partners of Manitoba
London Public Library
LUSO Community Services (London, ON)
Mission Literacy in Motion
Mountain View Communities Adult Learning Society
Nelson Mandela Park Public School
North Shore Community Resources
Northwest Territories Literacy Council
Ontario Early Years – Belleville
Ontario Early Years – Grey County
Ontario Early Years – Burlington
Ontario Early Years – Milton Community Resource Centre
Ontario Early Years – Oakville
Ontario Early Years – Reach Out Centre for Kids
Ontario Early Years - Simcoe
Pacific Immigrant Resources Society
Parent Resource Centre
Parents as Teachers
Parents for Better Beginnings
Red Road Healing Society
Rose Avenue Public School
Saskatchewan Literacy Network
Slave Lake Community Reading Program
Smithers Community Services Association (Smithers, BC)
Strathcona County Library
Success By 6 - BC
Success By 6 – Edmonton
Thorncliff Public School
Topcliff Public School
Victoria Music – Melodies and ABC’s
West Abbotsford Community School Society
Waterloo Public Library
Wheels Community Outreach
Words Work Literacy Society
World Literacy of Canada
YMCA – Waterloo
Yukon Literacy Coalition
YWCA – Lethbridge & District
YWCA - Vancouver