Dear Kickstarter friends and allies,
My wonderful students at Champlain College and I could use your help--right now.
We are deep into yet another important and urgent endangered alphabets/languages project. We are working to publish the first-ever endangered-language classroom materials for indigenous children in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh. We've done readers, we've created the first coloring books they've ever seen, we've made alphabet stamps. This alone will transform their education, in a system where 35% don't finish second grade, 65% don't finish fifth grade, and only 2% graduate high school.
Now we're hoping to publish writing journals, stickers and an anthology of folk tales. These stories were collected by indigenous children, re-told to their classmates, recorded, transcribed, translated, and are even now being laid out in book format using a special kid-friendly font designed by the latest member of our team, Irina Wang. This anthology is to be a fundraiser for the three schools where indigenous children can be educated in their own mother tongues.
But OUR KICKSTARTER IS WAY BEHIND SCHEDULE. WE NEED $300+ a day for the next 5 DAYS.
In thanks for your donations, I am offering to carve “Thanks!” in the glorious fluid Balinese script at one level and one of the proverbs in the beautiful bubbly Marma script at another. Both these carvings were among the most popular items when the Endangered Alphabets were displayed at the Smithsonian.
For full details, please go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/663870893/education-in-the-chittagong-hill-tracts.
As always, if you can’t afford to support our campaign—which we totally understand!—please pass the link on to friends and colleagues.