Renowned children’s book author helping make wishes come true in Africa

Virtual Reading

Students in Ghana

Student wishes

Children’s author Sandra Magsamen and Village Book Builders team up to grant wishes in Africa

By listening and honoring what children want, we can learn valuable lessons about where they are and how they feel.

—Sandra Magsamen

UNITED STATES, March 31, 2022 / — To launch Village Book Builders’ new Author of the Month program, Sandra Magsamen spent her first spring mornings reading virtually to students at nonprofit libraries in Ghana, Uganda, Malawi and Kenya. Sharing his latest book, I Wish Wish Wish for You, Magsamen wants to help make these children’s wishes come true. From nurses to doctors, engineers to builders, teachers, journalists and the “owner of the best orphanage in Uganda”, the common thread running through all the wishes Magsamen has heard in Africa is the wish to help others. “Connecting heart-to-heart with children in our lives, our community and the world is more important than ever.” said Magsamen. “Coming out of COVID, we are seeing anxiety, isolation and worry in our children. I want to share the collective wishes that we mothers, fathers, teachers, caregivers and human beings share for children of the world. Children are the future, so it’s more important than ever to hear from them and hold them accountable. By listening to and honoring what children want, we can learn valuable lessons about where they are and what they want. they feel. We can understand the themes, fears, dreams and hopes they carry in their hearts at this pivotal moment in history.

To put these beliefs into action, Magsamen has developed a four-step plan that she shares in each of her readings at Village Book Libraries.

Step 1: Make a wish – listen to yourself and hear the wish that matters most to you.
Step 2: Believe – believe in yourself and your wish.
Step 3: Study – this is where the work comes in! You must learn, study, practice and manifest
Step 4: Support – surround yourself with people who will support you, your wish and help you achieve it!

With a concrete plan like the one Magsamen has crafted, and the help and support of Village Book, these students’ wishes just might come true. Providing the educational resources needed for academic success, Village Book builds and operates libraries in low-income countries. These libraries serve as safe places where children in the community can gather, read and learn. Adu Francis, Village Book Librarian at the nonprofit’s Adeiso Library in Ghana, says that after the library was built there, “students now spend all their free time reading.” This accessibility to books, computers and the Internet gives children in rural areas of the world the possibility of escaping poverty; it gives them an opportunity they wouldn’t otherwise have to achieve their wishes.

With a mission to help end child poverty, one of Village Book’s goals is to keep students in school for as long as possible. It’s with initiatives like their online mentorship program and new Author of the Month series that the nonprofit aims to achieve this goal. “The sad reality is that without the help of others to encourage them, most of these children will eventually drop out of school,” says Joshua Atkinson, COO of Village Book. “Here we have the opportunity to step in and build meaningful relationships with students. We can help guide them and help them know that there is more out there beyond what they have. They are capable of success; they can be our future leaders. With hard work and persistence, their wishes really can come true.

To learn more about Village Book Builders and their new Author of the Month series, please visit:

About Village Book Builders
Founded in 2015, Village Book Builders is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Mapleton, Utah. Village Book Builders receives funding for its educational initiatives through its socially responsible corporate partnerships.

Julie Arco
Village Book Builders
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