Category Archives: Projects

Pontiac Bar’s and Aviator Gin’s 4th of July fundraising event in Hong Kong

One Million Words was happy to be selected as the recipient of the Pontiac Bar’s and US based Aviator Gin’s 4th of July fundraising event in Hong Kong. Around 100 people came to enjoy great music, food, drinks, and to celebrate US Independence Day and the passing of the new marriage equality act.

One Million Words was selected as the charity of choice due to the participant’s interest in equal rights around the world and the importance of literacy and education in making this a reality. We would sincerely like to thank everyone that came and donated to help this cause, and of course to wish everyone a happy 4thof July. Also, a very special thank you to The Pontiac and Aviator Gin for selecting us as their donation recipient!

We are constantly in touch with the SenJiMeiDuo school, and we have let them know of your kindness and support, so they wanted us to pass along a big THANK YOU from all of the students, teachers, and volunteers that help there.

ABIE Shanghai helps with donations to Tibetan Charity School

American Baby International English (ABIE) in Shanghai, China setup a donation box in the schools campus to raise funds for the “Give the Gift of Literacy – Tibetan Charity School” Indiegogo fundraiser campaign.

With both staff and students donating money funds for our projects are really rising fast, both online and offline.

Parents said “We are fortunate here in Shanghai as we have access to so many good books that we sometimes forget how truly lucky we are. It’s is a great pride for us to be able to give from the heart and help out these students who have such a high passion for learning.”

The school owner, Andy, above with Ms Calope from OMW China, said we just wish we could do more to help and it is our great pleasure to have ABIE involved in with the work that One Million Words does for our country.

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Fire again at SenJiMeiDuo Tibetan Charity School

After a fire burnt down half of the school in Nov last year, again the students at SenJiMeiDuo were faced with a fire again.



This time it was a forest fire that came within 500 meters of the school, and luckily for all the students and staff none of the buildings were damaged.


In these photos you can see the students have developed such a love for reading that they kept on reading as the fire passed them by.


The students kept reading ……




And reading….

Earlier this month we sent a small shipment of books up to the school to “tie them over” until we arrive next week with our first major delivery. This first shipment of books was made possible by a donation from Englearner, the English division of the Jilin Government Publishers ( and money donated by Single Malt Online (, an online whiskey investment company based in Hong Kong.

Previously the students in SenJiMeiDuo didn’t have access to books that they could read for pleasure and since this initial donation they have devoured every word of the books, with such a love for reading that they continue to utilize every minute of their time out of class, and when they are not busy with the reconstruction process, reading and rereading these books.

On Sunday the 31st May 2015, Dr Robert Lockyer and Kitty Zhang, will travel to a city close to SenJiMeiDuo to give a speech on literacy and to open the first stage of the library project with a larger donation of reading and reference books. This trip is being funded wholly by their own funds so as not to drain any funds away from the project work of One Million Words or away from the students and schools we assist.

This trip will require a 24 hour stopover in northern Yunnan, so as to acclimatize to the altitude of the school, before taking the 8 hour “goat trail” track up to the mountains where SenJiMeiDuo is located. The pair will spend two days in SenJiMeiDuo with thee students giving them lessons in both Chinese and English as well as playing a wide range of learning activities with the students.

Daily updates of the donation and trip to reach this remote school will be posted on the One Million Words Blog as well as on the indigogo campaign site,

Whilst this project has started out great and we are getting close to achieving our goal of supplying textbooks, reading resources and a library for this school we are still very short in our funding.

We strongly encourage those who have thought about making a donation to take the leap and click on either our “Indigogo Contribute” button or our PayPal “Make a donation” button on our website and help this project achieve its goal.

We thank you in advance and hope you will follow our updates and post as we travel to this school.

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5,000 schools destroyed in Nepal quake.

As the scale of the devastation wrought by Saturday’s deadly earthquake in Nepal continues to emerge, nearly 5,000 schools are estimated to have been completely destroyed — which is expected to have a devastating long-term impact on the lives of children.

In Gorkha alone, it is estimated 90% of the district’s 500 schools have been destroyed or badly damaged, affecting 75,000 school children.

“A routine school environment is one of the best ways to return children to a sense of normality and to talk about their experiences with their peers, helping them to recover from the trauma of the disaster.”

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of children spent a fourth night sleeping outdoors in the pouring rain, unable or simply too afraid to return to their homes. Many sustained injuries in the earthquake or have seen their family members hurt or killed.

Through the funds raised in this campaign, One Million Words Organization will be able to supply over 5,000 much needed class set textbooks, once the schools start again in September and will be able ensure that whilst their lives have been heavily disrupted by this disaster  the children are once again given the chance to succeed in life.

Support our Nepal Textbook 2015 project here

One Million Words donate to Tigbawan Elementary School

In early April One Million Words was able to make a second donation to an elementary school in Mindanao. Tigbawan Elementary School located at Don Leon Ballante, Caraga, Davao Oriental was presented with over 200 books by our OMW staff and directors in the Philippines.


Tigbawan Elementary School teaches students in grades first through sixth in Caraga, Davao Oriental of Davao (Region XI). The school has 5 instructional rooms and 0 non-instructional rooms, which are all powered by a power grid. With 150 students, class size is around 30 students. Honey Lou F. Pinero is in charge of the school, acting as the school’s Teacher.


For the 2013-14 school year, Tigbawan had 150 students enrolled. This makes the school a smaller school, with 100 less students than the average school and 57 less students than the average school in Caraga. The school has an almost equal number of male and female students. This is unlike the average gender breakdown in Caraga, which sees on average 0.9 female students per male.

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Tigbawan has a total of 5 rooms – all of which are used for instructional purposes. All in all, the school has at least one general academic classroom and kindergarten classroom. Of the instructional rooms, all of them are standard rooms, meaning they meet the DepEd’s guidelines for safety and usability.

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With 150 students and 5 rooms actively used for teaching, Tigbawan has an average class size of 30. This puts Tigbawan’s classes on the smaller side, as the school has 5 less students per class than the average of all schools, and 11 less students per class than the average in Caraga, Davao Oriental.

View video here –

Spring into Action – OMW Launch and fundraiser in Hong Kong

Lamma Island, Hong Kong will see the launch of a new not-for-profit organization on Tuesday 7th April 2015 at Prime Bar and Grill from 2pm to 6pm. Activities for the whole family from live local music, DJ Julia Tamzyn (of Drop and Open Space fame), and raffles and prizes. Face painting by Face Slap (, storytelling and other children activities in the children’s corner.
Tickets are $20 for the whole four hours per adult.
Kids for free.
Tombola raffle of over $3,000.00 in prizes.
The One Million Words Organization’s mission is to supply curriculum based textbooks and fictional works to young learners and schools in remote provinces in PDR Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Hong Kong, PR China, and the Philippines, with a special focus on underprivileged children aged 4 to 14. One Million Words Organization has been established with the mission to finance, source, and supply new printed books, in local languages or in a second language as per demand at the time, with a word count in excess of 1,000,000 words. Each country will have only one project running at any given time. To achieve our mission we aim to raise $30,000 for each of our country projects through fundraising events, crowd sourcing, and support from our sponsors and partners. These funds will be solely used for the acquisition of quality new academic reading resources for ‘economically challenged’ schools and remote provinces in our five key target areas of Asia.

Spring into Action 2015 Event poster

Special thanks

radio-streaming-tcard_1412317241We would like to give special thanks to Super Radyo DZBB 594 kHz, the flagship AM radio station of Radio GMA Network Inc. ( in the Philippines, for their excellent interview with our Philippine Director Gemma Calope and promotion of our current project in Davao. Special thanks also to Super Raymund T. Micator (News anchor – GMA Super Radyo DAVAO – SASKI Radio Program) for hosting the interview!

We’d also like to give a big THANK YOU to the Davao Durian Eagle Club, as they’ve donated their time and effort to help us transport books to locations in the Philippines. Again, many thanks!

And last but not least, a HUGE thank you to the One Million Words Philippine office staff (Gemma, Nicole, and Joric) for their fantastic efforts and hard work! Excellent job guys!