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The Memory Project

Susan Notes: Here's an opportunity for students to reach out to children through art.

The Memory Project is a nationwide project to create unique, service-learning opportunities for students. We are currently in need of students in writing and art classes to make children's books for children living amidst a war in Uganda. These children live in shelters and refugee camps, and the books are meant to provide them peace of mind while helping them learn to read (The national language of Uganda is English, and the war has severely disrupted their education).

The Memory Project was founded in October, 2004, following the advice of a man in Guatemala. Having grown up in an orphanage, this young man
did not have any pictures from his earliest years nor any parents to share memories of his youth. Consequently, he felt that much of his childhood had been forgotten, and he shared this feeling with a group of volunteers working at the orphanage. One of the volunteers, a college student named Ben Schumaker, was very moved by his story. Having always had a love for art, Ben founded the Memory Project as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization after returning home.

Since then, the project has quickly spread into hundreds of schools throughout the country thanks to the help of many extraordinary teachers and students. The project has also expanded to include a children's book program in which students of all levels make homemade books to send to children living in very difficult situations abroad. The Memory Project has no employees, as everyone involved is a volunteer.

If you would like to support our efforts, please check out our support page . Ben is also donating all of his proceeds from the sale of his recently published book to the project's general fund.

The Memory Project
1109 Emerald Street
Madison, WI 53715
Phone: 608-268-5721

— Ben Schumaker
The Memory Project


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