Shade and Fresh Water

November 19, 2013

By Emma Kerr-Carpenter, Mission Intern
Marianne and Deborah don’t like to run. I mean, they run around with the other kids, but it is not their favorite activity. They would much rather be reading in the library which is where I found them the other day. Somehow they had managed to avoid being drafted into playing tag with the other kids and, instead, were busily picking out books to read.

They had a unique opportunity to choose whatever they felt like reading from the bookshelves free from the constraints of peer pressure, educational demands, and time.
Today, Marianne and Deborah ended up settling on a set of books about body parts. The rest of the afternoon was spent passing around these books explaining how your tongue tastes, or how your foot walks. In just this quick afternoon reading session, Marianne and Deborah were exposed to important scientific concepts and gained a better understanding of the world around them.
Many of the children here love to read but do not have access to more than a few books.
Books in Brazil are expensive and there are few public libraries. The collection of books at the Liberdade Shade and Fresh Water project is one of the biggest in the community. It currently consists of about 20 books for adults, 30 for teens, and about 100 books for young readers.
This is where I turn to you and ask for your help. Please help give children like Marianne and Deborah more opportunities to read by helping to expand selection in the library. The dream is to buy 60 new books spanning all levels. One gift of just $15 will buy a new book for the Shade and Fresh Water library.
Donate on December 3, UMC #GivingTuesday between 12:01 a.m. (EST) and 11:59 p.m. (EST), and your gift will be matched dollar for dollar. Meaning one gift of $15 will be matched and we will be able to buy two books.
The Advance Number for the Shade and Fresh Water project is #11580A. To donate on December 3, click here. For more information on the Shade and Fresh Water project, click here.
E-mail me,, with your name and the amount of your donation. This step is important to ensure your gift goes to the correct project in the Shade and Fresh Water Network. I will send you a confirmation e-mail thanking you and letting you know your donation was received.
Together we can build God’s kingdom, right here and now, one child and one book at a time.
Emma Kerr-Carpenter is a mission intern through the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) and a member of the Point Pleasant United Methodist Church. For more information about Kerr-Carpenter, click here.
PHOTO: Marianne (L), 9 years old, and Deborah (R), 10 years old, posing in the library.