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Founded in 1998, by Tony and Maraget Howson, Equipe started by working in East Africa, and now works in India, Papua New Guinea and The Philippines, as well as continuing to work in Kenya, Tanzania & Uganda.
Equipe is different to other charities, in that very little of it's fund raising costs go on anything but the projects that it serves. The United Kingdom offers a Gift Aid option for all UK tax payers, and administration costs, advertising, staff and building expenses come from this and donations made for these purposes.
This means that all profits, after the book sellers take off their fees, will go directly to where it is needed most. No one project has been picked over another, and will be divided as necessary between them all.
•child sponsorship program
•a drop-in-centre for street children
•a program to rescue women and young girls out of the sex trade
•support the building of water wells
•support building of tree plantations
Danielle E. Shipley
on June 01, 2012 :
Like the first two volumes in its series of three, and its parent book project (“A Cuppa and an Armchair”), “Cookies and Milk, Volume 3” – a lovingly put together trio of stories for young readers, and particularly young adults – is a collaborative work joining authors, illustrators, and the charity Equipe in a twofold mission: To relieve the suffering and poverty-stricken around the world, and to share engaging stories with readers everywhere.
“Them Gates of Hades” by Melanie Kerr tells of a young girl’s first day of school at the end of South African apartheid. Simon O’Rouke’s illustration echoes the story beautifully: Both of them simple and powerful, a song of black and white.
Skyler Luttrell’s “It’s OK to Let Go” (illustration provided by Danielle Zwissler) shares the moving journey of Gracie, a girl struggling to be strong – for both herself and her mother – while her body battles leukemia. This glimpse of the physical and emotional pain she experiences is sad but relatable; and on a personal note, I really liked the character of Dr. Wick.
Danielle Shipley’s literary contribution (illustration by Sarah Marsh) casts the idea of a “fairytale romance” in a new light. A “Tale as Old as Time” it may well be, but you’ll find this account of the beast-prince and his beauty notably different from the story you know.
The cause is a great one, the price is right, and while this third volume of “Cookies and Milk” has a more grown-up flavor than volumes one and two, I trust you’ll find it to be in just as good taste.
(reviewed the day of purchase)