Thursday, March 29, 2012

Charity Hopping Around the World Giveaway Hop: Africa Heartwood Project

"By being people of action, at least we have the hope to leave this world and its people better than we found it." - Andy Jones (co-founder of the Africa Heartwood Project) 

Charity Hopping Around the World from March 30th to April 4th and is hosted by 'I am a Reader, Not a Writer, 'Reading Away the Days', and 'Reading a Little Bit of Everything'. Join me and other bloggers (links below) as we talk about our favorite charities and offer a little something to our readers. There will be three winners in this giveaway, but first, a little about an organization near and dear to my heart.

Africa Heartwood Project (AHP)
©Africa Heartwood Project

"Africa Heartwood Project is a grass-roots non-profit seeking to redress causes and symptoms of poverty in west Africa...We invite you to join us in this inspired cause, making a measurable and lasting impact in the lives of our many friends in Africa. Every one matters. Every one benefits. Every one grows." (AHP website)

There have been times when I've been asked to contribute to or support a charitable organization and usually I return with a question of my own - why? I want to know something about the organization and I want to know exactly where my support is going. When I first came upon AHP, I was surprised to learn that the founders were individuals I had known back from high school, though not extremely well as they were two grades above me. I did however know his father-a man who was kind and generous and always willing to help others. I also recalled a time early in high school when I didn't have a computer and had a story I wanted typed out, and he offered up the use of his. When I arrived at the house, it was his son Andy, founder of AHP, who kindly offered to type it up as I spoke it aloud (I was not yet proficient with a computer). I don't know if Andy recalls doing that for me, but it left an impression on me that his father's kindness had been passed down to the son.

These memories made me realize how blessed the children of AHP were to have such caring people looking out for them and how much I wanted to help. They are truly an example to me and I know to many others. I have come to love the children I have corresponded with at AHP and I follow their progress through life with as much enthusiasm as I do the children in my own family.

The beginnings and story of the Africa Heartwood Project can be found on their website and I highly recommend visiting and learning more about this genuine organization. Now for the giveaway!

Three books, Three winners!

One: Free Kindle Book (open to all)
The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe by Peter Godwin

Two: Free Paperback Book (US only)
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
A note to readers: These two books are not light fiction and would not be appropriate for some younger audiences.

Three: Free Kindle Book of Choice (open to all) 
The winner may choose a Kindle book of choice up to a $5 value.

Entries are not limited and participants may enter for multiple items. 

The AHP logo and information from the AHP website were used with permission.


  1. Hi M.K.

    This is Georgette, who you sent a copy of the Gallagher's Pride to, via Goodreads. Your review is still coming..but I wanted to say Hi and I am thrilled that you're participating in this charity hop. I didn't know about the Africa Heartwood Project, so thank you for enlightening me and all the others who will see you on the hog here. Great job, and I will get your review posted stat. :) Regards, Georgette

  2. Georgette - So good to see you here. It's such a wonderful charity hop they put together - I may have to do this once a month on my own! Thank you for your interest in AHP and I'll be seeing you around. :)
    Best - MK