Friday, July 15, 2011

New Book Changes One Small Part of Our World

I am truly honored to be a contributor to a great project that is already making a positive change in a small part of the world, Mombasa, Kenya. The project is the new book, The Church and the New Media and all the royalties go to starting computer labs for those who can't afford them.

Brandon Vogt, the man with the plan and the editor of the book, writes about it all here. A small snip:
All of these swirling thoughts eventually crashed into each other and I finally realized what God was trying to tell me:

He wanted me to write a book on new media, and he wanted it to be a good story. And giving away the royalties would do just that....In the following months, I worked with some friends at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to set up a project for the royalties--a computer lab in the Diocese of Mombasa, Kenya. We decided that all of the book royalties would go toward buying computers for the lab and to pay for a computer literacy instructor, as well.

Even though The Church and New Media hasn't been officially released yet, CRS has already fronted a large sum of money to the Diocese of Mombasa so they could begin their work.

And today, CRS sent me some of the first pictures of the lab in action. The lab is in the Good Shepherd Catholic Training Center in Ukunda, Mombasa, and is outfitted with ten new computers and flat-screen monitors, and the training has already begun:
Read more about the project and see more pics here.

Brandon truly has a great vision for this project. I hope others will help it to do even more good by buying the book.

1 comment:

Christine Falk Dalessio said...

very cool, Marcel - keep up the great work and witness :)