HELP US ACHIEVE OUR GOAL:
To Sculpt Personal Voices and Visions into Print for Ugandan Children.
With Musical Contributions by the band Qwela, Kampala, Uganda
* Anything we raise over our direct, out-of-pocket costs will go directly to the school *
This will be the second year PDMI Publishing has produced a book of poetry written by the students of the Ugandan Kiguli Army School under the direction of their volunteer teacher, Philip Matogo. Last year we sent each student a copy and spread the word through newspapers and Amazon. This year we are organizing a much larger effort. We are adding a DVD with footage of the students reading their poetry backed by the Kampala band, Qwela. We are also developing a marketing campaign to turn their hard work into dollars for their school. Help fund the future by supporting these talented young people.
By going to the public (including our friends and extended network) for funding, we will be able to expand the marketing reach of both a reprint of last year's book, this year's book and the DVD. We will also be sending extra copies to the school so they can add them to their new library and sell copies locally to raise funds to purchase other books. The folks at PDMI have developed personal relationships with the teacher and his charges and we want to accomplish something financially effective for them. We also want to support the students that work so hard to pour out their hearts and give voice to their lives. We’d love to have you on board!
The school has a number of items on their wish list. Anything we raise over costs in this campaign and standard royalties from the sale of the books and DVD will go directly to the school. Some of the projects on the wish list include stocking the new school library, acquiring a bus and a reliable utility vehicle, renovating current buildings and building much needed additional classrooms. Sales of the books and DVDs will help the school reach these goals and does so in a way that involves the students themselves. You can help by spreading the word of this fund raiser, the books, and the DVDs. You can also help by contacting Africa heritage museums, cultural centers and art centers to see if they would be willing to stock the books in their gift shops. Links for purchases and donation details follow.
Background of the Project:
The first publication, The Songs of Kiguli, was published July of 2012. The book was conceived when owner/co-founder of PDMI Publishing, Lisa McKinney, happened upon teacher Philip Matogo’s classroom project of having the children create poetry in English. She asked if he would like to have their poetry published in a book they could have for their very own. Once the school board agreed, the process began and the results were phenomenal!
Uganda is an African country with borders drawn by western colonial powers that had little to do with the ancient ranges of tribal Africa. Thus, as in many African countries, those ancient tribal conflicts rage on. The continent is also stressed with droughts, disease and corruption. Effective aid is difficult for many reasons. In part, tribal passion runs deep on all sides and supporting one tribe against another generates situations similar to the problem that arose in Afghanistan. The other is, of course, corruption and the difficulty of getting funds to where they are needed. In this atmosphere it appears that those enterprises that help people to help themselves have the best chance of success. Educating the children who will, one day, lead that country will be a cornerstone to any success. As Qwela sings: We are the future.
The Kiguli Army School in the Nakasongola District of Uganada is such a place of learning. The broad subject base of the works included in the books indicate that Mr. Matogo does his job well. These bits and pieces of children's lives from half a world away show a clear understanding of their own political and social situation as well as the global issues of our time.
These children write from the eyes of a mosquito, the heart hungry for the knowledge, the heart running from abuse and social ills, the spirit looking for ways to improve life and their beloved country, the spirit willing to fight back and build a better future. The poetry is written with thoughts from half way across the globe that could come from somewhere just around the corner, or somewhere deep within your own heart. You will find that these children are quite insightful. Their hopes and dreams, disappointments and fears are, indeed thought provoking and very much a part of citizens living anywhere on this planet we call home.
Now – we are off on a new adventure with a new classroom of students; some are returning artists. This time we want to make a larger effort to get the books recognized and shared. All of the editing, graphics, cover design, interior layout and typesetting is being done by volunteer contributors. All of these people are members of the team at PDMI Publishing and they are accustomed to working hard to produce quality books for publication for authors all over the globe. We will also be editing and reissuing the first book.
How will your Contributions Help?
The funds from this campaign will pay for the printing and shipping of the initial order of both titles to Uganda, all marketing and fund raising costs and thank yous to those who help make this a successful campaign. Anything we raise over our direct, out-of-pocket costs will go directly to the school.
Through your contributions that are over our fundraising amount shall go to provide the following for the school:
- Reliable Transportation
- Construction of more classrooms
- A library
- A pick-up truck
- A School bus
Are there other ways to Help?
OF COURSE! If you can't donate money there are other ways to help us achieve our goal! Whether you are posting an update on LinkedIn, updating your Facebook status, tweeting to your followers, etc. every little bit counts. Help us spread the word!
- Hosting an Article about the project on your blog and/or website.
- Tweeting the project and spreading the news to all your Twitter followers. You can use this hashtag as well as on Facebook #SongsofKiguli #PDMIPublishing
- Sharing our youtube trailer all over facebook, or inviting all your friends to like the page. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnMbwZktzn4 www.facebook.com/SongsofKiguli
- Sharing our content on Pinterest Boards or by leaving an honest review of the past project on amazon and/or goodreads.
- Making a video fan trailer via webcam sharing about The new Songs of Kiguli 2013.
- Creating a picture with a fansign to show to the children and how you love supporting the project for them.
- Too many different ways to count. You can also come up with your own idea and submit it to us at email@example.com
- Last, but not least, if you can a donation would be gratefully accepted. Although donating through the direct link at PDMI will save us the fees, donating through the Indiegogo site will encourage others to do so as well.
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Philip Matogo is an Author, Teacher and Volunteer for 'The Kiguli Army Primary School'. He is man on a mission and dedicated to giving children a voice. Philip is also a journalist and administrator by trade.
Victoria Adams Victoria Adams is an accountant and financial analyst by profession. She is currently employed as a senior consultant at Comp-Dyn, Inc. One of her most cherished projects is working with the PDMI Publishing. “I love the people, the energy and the community feeling of mutual support. This is a company that works together to improve each other’s craft and to give the world interesting, thought provoking, and well crafted literature. The Songs of Kiguli is one of the special moments “when it all comes together.”
Nessa Arcamenel is the Owner/Co-Founder of PDMI Publishing and the hand that made this project a reality. Nessa proposed to Philip Matogo (the Teacher at 'The Kiguli Army Primary School') about the possiblity of publishing a book of chidlren's poetry. Phil gladly took the proposal to the school board who agreed to the project. Thus began a journey that spanned the globe and included teachers, parents, school children of all ages, and a publisher with a heart. Nessa (Lisa McKinney) and her husband TC McKinney have brought the first project book into being completely out of their own pocket.
TC McKinney is the Owner/Founder of PDMI Publishing and video/graphic designer for the 'Songs of Kiguli' project. TC is on a mission to show how everyone must focus and come together for the common good.
Team on This Campaign:
Director of Business Operations
PDMI Publishing LLC
Project Founder - Teacher, Team Member, Author at PDMI Publishing
Contributor, Author, Editorial, Managing Editor at PDMI Publishing
Contributor, Team Member, Author, Illustrator at PDMI Publishing
Project Founder - Owner/Co-Founder at PDMI Publishing
Contributor, Team Member, Author at PDMI Publishing
Dianne Lynn Gardner
Contributor, Author, Team Member, Illustrator at PDMI Publishing
Contributor, Author, Team Member at PDMI Publishing
Contributor, Author, Team Member, Columnist at PDMI Publishing