There Must Be a Rainbow – A story of being positive

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Text from There Must Be A Ranibow – A story about being positive

A little girl called Jabulile lives here. Jabulile was always a happy child. She was also curious, and full of questions about life.
Everything fascinated her.

Jabulile’s father was a mielie farmer. Her mother was a teacher. They taught her to dream big dreams. Jabulile’s biggest dream was to help people.

Everyone in the village was Jabulile’s friend, especially the elders. They taught her about the wise men and women who once lived in the Valley. Jabulile also wanted to be wise.

One awful day, the clouds began to gather over the Valley. Everything grew dark and grey. An ugly storm swept over the land.



The village folk cried, “What shall we do now?” “All the crops are ruined!” cried the farmers. “Our homes are gone!” said the elders.
All hope seemed lost. But Jabulile remembered something her wise father once told her.

<End of sample from There Must Be a Rainbow>

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Why Book Dash?

Books purchased from publishers cost too much. In order to distribute more books for South African children, Book Dash participants work as publishers in a single day, having a book with no publishers mean the book will be a lot cheaper the only cost will be printing the books. With these, anyone can run sponsored prints and the finished books can be handed to children.

Every child should have a hundred books when they reach the age of five. that means handing down 600 million free books to South African children who probably could not afford to buy them, More children grow up not learning how to read and write well, and every day we lose more of these children. Let us not neglect these children and help them overcome poverty by first teaching them how to read and to enjoy the worlds that a book can open up.

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