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Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL), N.W.T.
E-club of District 5370
Avenue of Service: Aboriginal Service Area of Focus: Basic Education and Literacy
Country: Canada City/Region: Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T.
Project Description
The DPIL provides books to children from newborn to 5 years of age every month. There is no selection to prequalify the children or families, although this is best aimed at disadvantaged children with respect to early education and access to books. These books are selected and provided by the Dollywood Foundation of Canada under the Imagination Library Program. Rotary International has endorsed the Dolly Parton partnership under the literacy programs. The Rotary e--Club of Canada One began this program in smaller communities mostly above the Arctic Circle, beginning with Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. In this small community, on the Beaufort Sea, there are approx. 108 children under the age of 5 years that could benefit from this project. 87 children have been registered there. The program has expanded to 10 Northwest Territories communities: Tuktoyaktuk, Aklavik, Inuvik, Tsiigehtchic, Paulatuk, Fort McPherson, Fort Resolution, Ulukhaktok, Sachs Harbour, and beginning in October in Norma wells. In total we now have 225 children registered and a plan to add 154 this coming year. The proposed budget is $55,000.00 for 5 years, for this segment. We plan for each community and we are looking for $14,000 for Norman Wells community of 70 children where we hope to register 50 of them this year. If you would like to adopt a community for 5 years let us know.
Project Partners and Funding
Total Project Budget: $14,000.00
Partner Type Amount
Total Funding: $0
Project Results
To date we have $7700 in donations to permit us to register 154 new children this year. 107 children have completed this 5 year program and the parents loved it and children too. Teachers say it has reduced entry into school adjustment time and children hold books, are eager to learn and access more books if possible.They are happier children another teacher reports. One executive Director of a library says to us, you do not know how much you are changing our community. This aboriginal community has now groups of leaders in health care for new moms getting children involved at birth, community leaders encouraging parents to register their children and for the four year olds signing them up even as they enter the last year of the program. Two children in a family who moved to this community were in the program and other parents learned of this. If you are looking to be involved in a Peace and Reconciliation program in Aboriginal communities in Northwest Territories, that is favourably accepted by many different Aboriginal groups think about this one! At this time communities involve Inuit, Metis G'wichin, Denni groups plus other new Canadian children in these communities. One can learn a lot from these communities while the children literacy has shown in excess of 20% improvement.We are looking at beginning a Hub meeting online to share common interests.
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