Books With No Bounds

Since 2011 I have had the distinct honour of working with child rights activist Emma and supporting the outstanding not-for-profit organization she Co-Found at the age of 12 #BooksWithNoBounds (BWNB).

As a grassroots organization, BWNB provides Indigenous children living in remote communities throughout Canada and around the world, with books and resources donated by publishers, authors, schools, individuals and organizations.

BWNB believes that every child deserves the opportunity to read and has the right to a quality education. BWNB refreshes the shelves of school libraries, community groups and organizations, and ensures children and teens have access to the tools to do well in school and in life.

With her keen sense of justice and equality, Emma envisions a world where all children are treated with fairness, equality and respect and strives to achieve this goal through her campaign and strategic political performances on the world stage to advocate for children’s rights.

CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES

Emma’s charitable work with BWNB provides indigenous and underfunded children with books and other learning tools to succeed in school and in life.

The vexatious treatment of Indigenous children in Canada’s former Residential School System has undermined Canada’s First Nations peoples for years. To honour the memory of those who lost their lives through the Residential School System and the 80 000 survivors living today, Emma spearheads an annual walk every year since 2013.

By addressing children’s rights and recognizing the ongoing wrong treatment of Indigenous children today, Emma’s tireless efforts helps us move towards building a more harmonious culture of equality, respect and friendship.

HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED

In only a few short years, Emma has accomplished so much with so little. All of the book drives, raffles, and other fundraising efforts she has done have required a great deal of time, energy and personal sacrifice.

Moreover, given how costly it has been to ship 105,000 books plus countless boxes of school supplies and donations, it is that much more impressive how resourceful Emma has become. 100% of the donations BWNB receives are devoted to shipping costs, packaging materials, and supplies.

Emma is deeply committed to reducing poverty and illiteracy; and she truly is changing the world, one reader at a time. For most of the past decade, Emma has devoted her mind and talents to humanitarian causes by means of her charity (BWNB), child rights activism, and exemplary record of community outreach and volunteerism. Her keen sense of justice and equality has evolved over the past few years, evidenced in her political performance on the world stage to advocate for children’s rights.

CAMPAIGN INNOVATIONS

As a peer-to-peer educator she is often invited to speak at schools about children’s rights issues, literacy and educational equality. She speaks passionately about all of these issues because she speaks from the heart. A gifted public speaker and natural diplomat, Emma inspires her peers to lead a life of service devoted to the greater good. Since co-founding Books With No Bounds, Emma has spoken to over 100,000 students worldwide.

As a volunteer youth-led organization, Emma serves as Executive Director with 1,500 volunteers in numerous school boards across Canada and worldwide. Emma has organized annual walks in support of equitable rights for Aboriginal children in her community.

CAMPAIGN IMPACT

Emma’s mission to give “Books With No Bounds” began with a small book drive and modest goal of collecting a few hundred used books to send to children in underfunded First Nations communities.

Emma not only succeeded in accomplishing that goal but quickly surpassed it, inspiring her to take further action and dramatically expand her fundraising efforts. To date, Emma has sent more than 105,000 books along with countless emergency shipments filled with HD Kobo tablets, school supplies, clothing, snacks and crafts.

In doing so, her message of hope and inspiration has touched thousands of lives and sparked countless enduring friendships. BWNB serves as a wonderful reminder to us all that the goodness of story-telling and friendships are boundless when one can read and write.

That’s an extraordinary accomplishment for a child rights activist.
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CHALLENGES FACED

As an advocate for children’s rights, Emma educates about the disparaging inequalities that exist, between government funding of non-Aboriginal schools and those situated on reserves. Sadly, in Canada, there is a great deal of racism against Aboriginal peoples and the statistics are shocking.

Given Emma’s youthfulness, gender, and gentle demeanor, it is understandable that not everyone takes what she has to say seriously. And, yet, she remains undeterred. Emma was selected by the World’s Children’s Prize Foundation to represent Canada, where she spoke about Canada’s history of education inequality and the deprivation of children living in remote First Nations reserves where children, are, on average, funded one-third less than Non-Aboriginal students.

Emma’s message of hope, education equality and global citizenship inspires minds by conveying the importance of fellowship and compassion with the kind of diplomatic savviness reserved only for the world’s most noble leaders.

LESSONS LEARNT

What impresses me most about Emma is her ability to transform passion for helping children into one of the largest children’s literacy fundraisers in Canada. Through her goodwill initiative inspired by altruism and guided by hard work, tenacity, and vision, Emma has proven literacy is universally important and shown illiteracy can be overcome.

By providing books to underfunded communities, she has helped not only create the conditions for underfunded children’s literacy and education to flourish, she has also been fostering hope and building sustainable friendships.
One cannot underestimate how vital the former is to improving literacy standards in First Nations schools throughout Canada, nor how significant the latter is to repairing and healing the historic wrongs committed against Indigenous people as we move towards building a more harmonious culture of equality, respect and friendship. Even more impressive is how Emma’s vision has surpassed the limitations beyond our border.