Help Jamaican Children with "CeLEBRATIONS"
Paul Andrew Dawkins, a Jamaican living in Fayetteville, North Carolina,
and founder and director of a ten-year-old non-profit, child-advocacy
organization, The Paul Andrew Dawkins Children's Project, Inc.,
is in the process of compiling and publishing a series of 34 books
titled CeLEBRATIONS to be sold on an international basis to benefit
projects and programs of his organization that will, in turn,
benefit children here in the USA, Jamaica and other countries
around the world.
Dawkins, who published an anthology of poetry, "Only the
Strong Survive", in Jamaica in the very early 80's, has appeared
on Jamaican radio and television programs such as Expressions
(with Leone Forbes Amiel) and RJR and JBC radio programs. In 1979,
while a student at St. Jago High School, Dawkins presented then
Jamaican first lady, Beverly Manley, with a bound copy of his
anthology of poetry.
Dawkins was published in ESSENCE magazine in October 1999 and
has appeared on BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley.
Dawkins published 4 books in 1998, two of which feature introductions
by Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the New York Times international
best-selling series, Chicken Soup for the Soul, as well as by
LeVar Burton, star of television shows like ROOTS, STAR TREK and
PBS' Reading Rainbow.
Jamaicans [and others] across the USA, in Jamaica and around
the world are being invited to submit letters written to and celebrating
loved ones for inclusion in the CeLEBRATIONS series books that
Dawkins is currently compiling for publication towards the end
of 2001 or early 2002.
Titles in this series will include:
 CeLEBRATIONS - notes to my mother
 CeLEBRATIONS - notes to my father
 CeLEBRATIONS-notes to my son
 CeLEBRATIONS-notes to my valentine, etc.
Profits from the books will endow Dawkins' organization and its'
various projects and programs aimed at making life better for
children on a number of levels.
He plans to provide full scholarships, through The Dawkins Teaching
Scholars Program, to young people in Jamaica who wish to teach
and who have the potential to become dynamic, effective, compassionate
educators. This program was launched in Fayetteville, North Carolina,
in May 2000.
What will make this scholarship program different is that he
plans to provide career-long support to each scholarship recipient
for as long as he or she remains in teaching and remains an effective
educator. Another project of his organization is The Special Fund.
This was launched in 1998 and seeks to help parents of chronically-ill
children who are having problems meeting the cost of their medical
care. This will be expanded to help children in Jamaica as well.
Plans are also in place to donate funds to help with research
into finding cures and treatments for illnesses that affect children
through this fund. Those whose letters are accepted for inclusion
in this series of CeLEBRATIONS books will receive $25 for each
letter accepted. Those who are interested in submitting letters
should also be prepared to include a photo of themselves, as well
as a photo of each person they are writing about, if the letters
submitted are accepted for publication. [Don't send photos with
the letters, please! Wait until the letter(s) have been accepted.]
The format of the books makes the inclusion of photos a must.
For a complete list of titles in this series, and for full guidelines
on submitting letters for inclusion in this series of books, please
e-mail Dawkins at [email protected],
or [email protected].
You can also reach Dawkins at 910/488-3953, by regular mail at
1531 Palmer Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28303-3038, or by voice-to-email
at 1-800-699-2466 [box# 910/488-3953].