Thursday, December 30, 2010

Literacy Awareness In India - The DREAM Project

Tonight I had the pleasure of having a wonderful, girly dinner with my dear friends Lenita and Andrea (Spring Rolls, you never fail us). And towards the end of our dinner, Lenita informed us of the charity that the University of Toronto's Style and Profyle (SAP) student club is supporting this year: DREAM.

For more information about DREAM, please click here.

One of DREAM's objectives this year is to raise enough money to build six libraries in India. Honestly, the way Lenita described this project touched my heart. I remember visiting the Philippines when I was nine years old, and I could not believe how many young children were begging on the streets of Manila, many who have never learned to read and have minimal access to resources that would allow them to do so.

And yet, here we are. We're inundated with books, magazines, and a plethora of resources. We can borrow or purchase books on a whim and have no trouble reading its content. Rarely do we realize how much of a privilege it is to have access to as many books and resources as we do. Yet such privileges aren't always present in other countries. Books are valuable, friends. Let's not forget that.

Lenita, Vice President of the University of Toronto Mississauga's SAP, would like to raise $6,000 by the end of the school year to fund the building of at least one library in India. $6,000 Canadian dollars would be equivalent to a significant amount of Indian rupees, and would be a great contribution towards DREAM's project to establish educational facilities in developing countries.

I really encourage all of you to read up on DREAM and, if you so choose, to make a donation towards this valuable project. Every dollar counts!

For more information or to make a donation, please email for further details.

Thank you, everyone!


  1. Barb! Thank you so much for blogging about DREAM and bringing awareness to this amazing cause. I really appreciate it! xo