So I know this is completely bike un-related, but I've recently become involved with a grass roots project of sorts at my school, University of California, Irvine. The program was started by a good friend of mine who is a Political Science major, and recently completed an internship in Washington DC. His idea was to start a program to "adopt a school" in Baghdad, by supplying it with school supplies for the children.
Attached is his letter describing the project, but in short, the goal of it is to collect money and/or school supplies to create packages which will be sent to Bagdad, and distributed by the area commander of the US army. Once delivered, pictures will be taken and returned, for the enjoyment of supporters.
Each package consists of various school essentials which are understandably in short supply in Iraq, including scissors, ruler, pencils, pencil sharpener, colored pencils, paper, composition book, three folders, and a zippered pencil bag. Thats enough to last one student and entire year.
The goal is to raise $100,000 for the project this year. I know, a tall order, but its beginning, and its beginning right here in our own backyard. How great would it be to know that beyond hearing daily of the suffering in Iraq, you could do something about it. And what is more, be doing something that can help Iraq longterm, by bringing up a new generation of Iraqi's with the benefit of a solid education, that they can use in guiding their troubled nation.
If you would like to contribute, you can pm me for an address or for more information. This is on the up and up. Checks are made out to "Regents UC/BSP" (Baghdad School Project). You can make a difference, and I know that many of us on this board have the resources to help better our world. The only question is will we do it.