Catherine Custalow MD PhD

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Happy August! A vote for you…
Happy August! A vote for you :)

Every year, thousands of kids start school with no books in the classroom, poor school libraries, and no books of their own. Reader to Reader gives out hundreds of thousands of books to under-resourced schools, libraries and children, but the need is especially strong at the start of the school year. They need YOUR help to get books into the hands of children who truly need the power of reading in their lives.

Please consider giving what you can to this important cause. If you can't give now, join the team and spread the word!
Thank you,
Kat
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June vote for you! The summ…
June vote for you!

The summer is here, and school is out! But even though students are enjoying the sun, we're still working hard to bring resources to low-income schools, libraries, and communities. Reader to Reader's work doesn't stop with the school year, and becomes even more important. More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth comes from unequal access to summer learning opportunities. Low-income kids can lose up to two months of reading ability over the summer, while middle-class children make slight gains. Now more than ever it is essential that books are available to low-income children. Help us make this possible with your support today.

Thank you,
Kat
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A spring vote for you!

With all the headlines screaming disaster and heartache, it's easy to get disheartened. Reader to Reader has supported schools damaged by tornadoes, public libraries devastated by flooding, and communities deeply affected by local tragedy. But each day we see examples of how much good is out there. That goodness is not always in the headlines. Sometimes, it's tucked quietly away, but it's there, and is the very reason we do this work--to bring books and other resources to the next generation that so richly deserves them.

Reader to Reader needs your help to get books in the hands of children across the country. Will you donate or join our team? Your support makes a difference!

Thanks,
Kat
12 months ago
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An early Valentine's Day vote for you! If you have a second, would you check out our new project, WriteMe? It's launching a writing competition and library program for students in Zimbabwe. crowdrise.com/writeme Thanks for all your support!

Happy reading,
Kat
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Happy January vote! Wishing …
Happy January vote! Wishing you and your projects the very best this year.
On Thanksgiving Day 2012, someone broke in to Hopi Mission School in Kykotsmovi Village, AZ and stole all their laptops. Without them, students have little access to technology, research, Internet and essential learning tools. No one deserves to lose learning opportunities and resources because of someone else's hurtful actions.
Reader to Reader is raising funds to not only replace these computers, but to keep them safe in a locking cart and prevent any future theft. If you can, please help me support the children of Hopi Mission School today. If you donate $17 or more, Crowdrise will automatically enter you for a raffle to get a $100 donation to your cause (and a $100 Roozt gift card!)
Join our team and spread the word! http://www.crowdrise.com/HopiMissionSchool/fundraiser/katlibby
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Happy Holidays! I hope the s…
Happy Holidays! I hope the season is filled with joy and love for you and yours.

If you have a minute, please take a look at my Reader to Reader projects- we get books in the hands of those that don't otherwise have access to them. Thanks for your consideration!

Happy Reading,
Kat
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November vote for you god bless
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Another new month- how will you make it matter? Here’s a vote and best wishes for a meaningful month J IFDGBNOWLY
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My November vote for you my dear friend <3 I miss you
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Hi Catherine, October vote…
Hi Catherine,


October vote for you, just in time for Halloween! Wanna hear something scary? Children in low-income neighborhoods have access to only one age-appropriate book on average for every 300 children. Only ONE book! That impacts over 16,400,000 children in the United States.



Even more frightening, 80% of preschool and after-school programs serving low-income populations have no age-appropriate books for their children. Books are so important to a child’s development for learning, imagination and literacy.



Please help Reader to Reader get books into these communities. We donate hundreds of thousands of books each year directly to schools, after-school programs, classrooms, day care programs and other groups serving low-income children across the country. Your donation of $10 today will help us send a box full of much-needed books to6 children that deserve better.
Thanks for all your support, and spread the word!


Happy reading,
Kat (and the Reader to Reader team)

(Data from Serve.gov: http://www.serve.gov/toolkits/book-drive/index.asp and the Institute for Research on Poverty: http://www.irp.wisc.edu/faqs/faq6.htm)
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Catherine Custalow MD PhD
Charlottesville (UVA), VA United States
CROWDRISING SINCE: Feb 14, 2011
Stuff About Me:

Liberia, West Africa:

I grew up in Liberia, West Africa, on the campus of Cuttington College where my dad was an English Professor. When I was ten we took a trip to the Sahara Desert, Mali, and Ivory Coast, and I contracted meningitis during a deadly epidemic of Meningococcal Meningitis in West Africa.  A Lutheran physician, Dr. Stull saved my life, hospitalized me at Phebe Hospital, and brought me back from a nearly vegetative state. Now I am an MD/PhD and I write and edit textbooks on Emergency Department Procedures. In addition to providing good medical care for all, I believe that good books and education are among the best gifts we can give to the generations that will follow us.   

As Liberia recovers from 14 years of civil war, there are only 122 doctors to treat the 3.5 million people living there. This shortage mirrors the larger challenges facing this West African country, Africa's oldest republic, which was founded by the freed American slaves. As it emerges from successive bouts of civil war, Liberia faces a dearth of everything from electricity, clean water, basic sanitation, and medical care to roads and bridges for basic transportation. The country is slowly recovering, thanks to many charities and to people like my grade school classmate, Walker Richards, of Richards Engineering who are slowly rebuilding Liberia to make her a great nation once again. We celebrate that, in the 2005 presidential election, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was elected Africa's first woman president.

Friends of Liberia is a non-profit organization that seeks to assist Liberia through the recovery process by supporting education, social, economic and humanitarian programs. 

The Africa Mercy, run by Mercy Ships International is the world's largest non-governmental hospital ship, providing free health care, community development, agriculture and water projects, mental health programs, AIDS/HIV prevention and care to terminally ill patients in developing nations around the world, with a focus on West Africa.  Since it was founded in 1978, Mercy Ships has performed more than 1.7 million services valued in excess of US $670 million and affecting more than 1.9 million people. The ship has docked at 550 ports in 70 nations, including Liberia.

Sichuan Province, China:

In 1984-85, before I went to med school, I taught English at the Chongqing Institute of Architecture and Engineering in Chongqing, China, which is in Sichuan Province. I worked with China Educational Exchange as part of a teacher exchange program between the US and China. You can read more about this program in my project description.

Please join me in supporting the charities of Friends of Liberia, Mercy Ships International and China Educational Exchange.

Thanks for your support.  

Catherine B. Custalow MD PhD    

Catherine
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Friends of Liberia

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China Educational Exchange

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