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We aim to create beautiful carved signs and the first books ever printed in some of the endangered indigenous languages in Bangladesh.
We aim to create beautiful carved signs and the first books ever printed in some of the endangered indigenous languages in Bangladesh.
266 backers pledged $11,051 to help bring this project to life.

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We did it!

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Thanks to an avalanche of support over the last 72 hours we made our Kickstarter goal, and the children's picture-book dictionary for the endangered languages/alphabets of the Chittagong Hill Tracts will go ahead--something new, valuable and possibly unique. My thanks to everyone who contributed, whether with pledges of money, by liking and sharing, or by spreading the word by other means.

The campaign still has another 20 hours, and if any additional backing comes in we will certainly put it to good use--wouldn't it be great to be able to print enough copies to put them not only in the schools but into the community? If you'd like to see that happen, you know where we are: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1496420787/100-words-for-a-childrens-endangered-language-dict/.
Thanks again.
Tim

We need to make it happen NOW.

Our current Kickstarter campaign, to raise $10,000 to create and publish a children's picture-book dictionary in endangered languages, is so close to reaching its goal--but so close to running out of time!

We need to raise another $700 in the next 52 hours. We can do it, but it needs to happen now.
Please check out the campaign, and the amazing rewards we're offering our backers, at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1496420787/100-words-for-a-childrens-endangered-language-dict/
We're hearing from all over the world that this is a vital and ground-breaking project. Please help make it a reality.
Thanks so much.
Tim Brookes
The Endangered Alphabets Project

 

One final push

One last strong push and we can get this thing over the line, maybe even today.

Yesterday’s great day continued into the night with pledges coming in from Margaret Ransdell-Green, Bobbie Moser and Diane Anderson, and if today is like yesterday we could be popping the champagne by dinnertime. Keep an eye on the Kickstarter home page at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1496420787/100-words-for-a-childrens-endangered-language-dict and celebrate with us!

By the way, thanks to Mary Williams for doing a fine interview with me about the Alphabets for Vermont Public Radio. It’s scheduled to air today around 4:49 p.m., but you can also hear it stream at www.vpr.net.

Once again, here’s a photo to remind ourselves why we’re doing this. Our dictionary is going to show not disembodied or unfamiliar images—those kids are going to learn by seeing images of places they know, people they know doing things they know. The research shows that not only will this make them learn to read and write better, it will help them learn everything better. 

Please be part of this final push.

Thanks so much.

Tim

 

Getting tense--but two new rewards, and some good news

I have to admit, things are getting tense at our current Kickstarter. A little over $3,000 to raise in 4 days. 

We--that is to say, you--managed to pull such a feat off during our last Kickstarter campaign, and I never cease to be amazed and humbled by people's commitment and generosity, but even so, I'm a little on edge.

(Amid all this fretting, as you can imagine, I'm especially grateful for our latest backers: Rahul Mitra, Ashira, Joel Parks, Cole Moorhead and Lisa Rubin!)

So as an incentive, I've added two new carving rewards--delightfully whimsical proverbs from the Chittagong Hill Tracts. They look quite a lot like this, though in each case the grain and colors of the wood will vary somewhat:

"A good soil makes good crops: a good wife makes a good husband."
"A good soil makes good crops: a good wife makes a good husband."

 

"The body of a frog, but the voice of an ox: small men make the best workers."
"The body of a frog, but the voice of an ox: small men make the best workers."

On the plus side, the exhibition of Endangered Alphabets carvings that opened today (International Mother Language Day) at Champlain College is attracting exactly the kind of intelligent curiosity and attention I would have wanted. (Photos are going up on my personal Facebook page and the Endangered Alphabets Instagram feed.) People, both far and near, made it clear that we are doing the right thing.

Thanks for your help and support in all you have done, and whatever you can do to help us get over the line.
Tim

When the astonishing happens

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 Great news: we hit the $1,000 Weekend goal!

This puts us at roughly $6,500, with $3,500 still to go and six days to raise it.

This is the final week.

The final week is the time of greatest tension, but also the time when astonishing things happen.

In the last week of the Endangered Alphabets last Kickstarter campaign, several people with no disposable income to speak of pledged $10. Two people—you know who you are—raised their own $10 pledges to $100. People from all over the world, people I'd never heard of, pledged support in all kinds of ways. And one person stepped out of the shadows and pledged $3,000 to get us over the line.

I don’t know how these things happen, so I can’t make them happen, so there’s a sense of the miraculous when they do happen.

All I can do is throw this out there: Hey, everyone. It’s the last week. Let’s do this thing.

You know the address: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1496420787/100-words-for-a-childrens-endangered-language-dict/.