What is the purpose of this blog?
My goal is to read 2,500 pages in one month and with your help raise 50,000$ to help 2000 entrepreneurs in poor countries. What am I going to do with all this money I want to raise? At first I wanted to give it to an organization for people in need, but I found an other organization that did not just give it away but helped to lift people by Micro-lending to them with Kiva.org.
What is Micro-Lending?
|Group of entrepreneurs in|
Kouk Pring village, Cambodia
But how did I get this idea?
I first had the idea of a read-a-thon when I was reading in a book called “Do hard things” by two teenagers Alex and Brett Harris. The book said that today’s teens are too much about having fun and are held back from the great things they could do. Now do you think it is so great that teens are not doing all they could? I don’t think so and I want to be different. I then decided to do this read-a-thon.
But how does the kiva-read-a-thon work?
- It starts of with me trying to get as many people to support me in this fund raiser. But how can you support me? It is really simple; all you need to do is to fill out the “support me” form on the side of this blog.
- In January, I start reading. I will be reading 2,500 pages in big 200+ page books. You may be wondering if I can read that much? I can! Not only I can read a 300 page book in 1-2 days but I can read and understand Plato, Aristotle, and Plutarch. Some Books I have read are: Alas Babylon, Do hard Things, and The fellowship of the Ring and many others. I will be emailing everyone weekly on how the read-a-thon is going and which books I am reading.
- Finally when the read-a-thon is done, I will email everybody giving them the option of either: Paying me their support amount through paypal so that I put the money in a Kiva.org account and loan it to entrepreneurs around the world or you can create a Kiva account and start doing the loan yourself. That's it!
A young boy reading to change the world,
Patrick van Duyse
Credit: I would like to thank Brent Huffman and the German Camera Productions for giving me permission to use a 3 and half minute clip of his video documentary Kiva Documentary - Microfinance in Liberia: What They Did With My $25 Loan? I encourage you to watch the entire 9 minute video. It's worth it.