Final Update – Reading & Blogging for Darfur

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Finally!  I think I’ve finally finished the final update of the Reading & Blogging for Darfur awareness campaign.  For details on all of the books and posts that these figures are based on, visit my September wrap-up post.

Here’s How We Did

  • I read 31 books in September for a grand total of: 5,405 pages at a penny per page equals $54.05
  • Number of posts I published during September: 62 @ .50 cents per post equals $31.00
  • Number of comments and trackbacks received during September:  1140 at .10 cents a comment equals  $114.00
  • Number of bloggers who posted about the campaign:  58 at .50 cents each equals $29.00
  • Number of bloggers who posted button in their sidebar:  32 at .50 cents each equals $16.00
  • Number of Darfur books read or documentaries watched: 31 at .50 cents each equals $15.50
  • Number of books or videos reviewed by bloggers: 29 at $1 each equals $29

The Quick Numbers

  • So it looks like I’ll be donating $203.50
  • If you chose to sponsor me at a penny a page that total is $54.05
  • If you chose to sponsor me at .50 cents a post that total is $31.00
  • If you chose to sponsor me at both a penny a page and .50 cents a post that total is $85.05
  • As of today and according to my rough numbers I had 13 people sponsor me at a penny per page for a total of $702.6 and 14 people sponsor me at .50 cents a post for a total of $434.00.  So in addition to my $203.5, you helped raise $1136.60.

It’s not too late, if you’d like to go ahead and sponsor me now that you have an idea of dollar amounts, go right ahead!

How to Make Your Donation

Many have inquired about sending money directly to me, to which I say, no thank you please.  Take a look at the list below and choose the organization that you feel you are most comfortable with and donate directly to them.  Some organizations fund awareness campaigns to pressure politicians to take action and others deal directly with the people in Darfur helping with services and programs.  If you find an organization not on this list, feel free to donate to them as well.

This is total honor system here on your donation.  I trust your guilt will get to you when a year from now you realize you forgot to make your donation  ;)

ORGANIZATIONS WHO ACCEPT DONATIONS with interest and a presence in Darfur, Sudan:

Raising Awareness

A huge part of this campaign was to raise awareness about the genocide in Darfur.  I know a lot of you have mentioned that you have learned so much when you knew so little about Darfur.   I remember the first time I ever saw the word Darfur.  It was on the way to my husbands grandma’s house.  There was this college duplex that had a huge sign in the window that said, “Save Darfur.”  After passing that sign half a dozen times, I started to feel guilty that I didn’t know what in the world they were talking about.  So of course I had to look it up.  It’s that same type of awareness that you’ve helped to create as you talk with your friends, neighbors, bloggers, etc.

Check out these awesome bloggers:

Did I miss you?Let me know.

What I have on the Maw Books Blog:


Thank you to the many wonderful authors and publishing companies who have generously donated their books including Susan McBride, Cynthia Lord, Christina Meldrum, Leslie Patricelli, James Dashner J. Scott SavageHatchette Book Group, Literary Ventures FundNation  Books, Random House, and Rich Women Sisterhood.

  • To be eligible for at least one of the 50 prizes you must have during this past month either read a book about Darfur, watched a documentary about Darfur, posted about the campaign on your blog, or put the button in your blog sidebar.  (I do have more than 50 people eligible, so I’m going to feel really, really bad for those who don’t win.)
  • One person is going home with ALL the books!! Yes, ALL of them!  At least $800 worth of prizes!  To be eligible for this grand prize you must either sponsor me at a penny per page, .50 cents a post, or both.  See totals above.  Seriously, $30 gets you a chance to win a ton of books?!  Not bad, I say.

All the prizes and how to register for them are in the post directly following this one.


I wish I could personally thank all of you for making this such a success.  I know that what we do isn’t going to make the genocide in Dafur stop right now, but I do know that every little bit helps.  And when this whole thing is over, we won’t tell ourselves, “I knew, but did nothing.”  I can’t say thank you enough.

Any questions? If so just let me know.


  1. Congratulations!! That is an amazing accomplishment.

    on October 6th, 2008 at 12:57 am
  2. Thats an amazing list of books and prizes!!!

    on October 6th, 2008 at 1:07 am
  3. Hey Natasha, that’s a lot of money raised! That would certainly help the people in Darfur.

    on October 6th, 2008 at 1:57 am
  4. What a fantastic month. The money is fantastic, but the awareness you raised is even better.

    on October 6th, 2008 at 5:41 am
  5. That is so great, Natasha. You put so much effort into this, it had to have taken over your entire month. All I did was read a book. You inspire me.

    on October 6th, 2008 at 6:24 am
  6. This campaign (your efforts) has brought awareness not only into my life, but into the lives of my friends and family. We all learned a lot about Darfur and genocides, in general. I know it was a tough schedule to get everything out in a month, but you did it and it was a success! It was a job well done, Natasha. Thank you.

    on October 6th, 2008 at 6:38 am
  7. You made it! Hooray!

    on October 6th, 2008 at 7:59 am
  8. Great job! I wish I had the time to read for Darfur. But I will donate to one of the above causes.

    on October 6th, 2008 at 8:16 am
  9. Hey Natasha! Those are some awesome numbers!!:) I have decided to sponsor you for a penny a page ( hope it is not too late to make that decision now! I was waiting to see some definite numbers). I am still trying to decide which organization to send the money to. I was thinking of Save Darfur… but now i want to send the money to a organization that deals with feeding and educating children.. so, i think i am yet to make that decision.
    thanks for organizing this great event and raising so much awareness! hats off to you!

    on October 6th, 2008 at 8:32 am
  10. What a great accomplishment, Natasha! I’m so proud for you. :)

    I trust your guilt will get to you when a year from now you realize you forgot to make your donation — That made me laugh.

    on October 6th, 2008 at 9:26 am
  11. Natasha you are to be congratulated! I wasn’t able to participate through reading…BUT, I posted your event on A Novel Challenge blog and I would like to donate $85.05 to support this cause. Thanks for raising awareness!

    on October 6th, 2008 at 10:40 am
  12. I should have said I WILL be donating $85.05 for this cause :)

    on October 6th, 2008 at 10:41 am
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    on October 6th, 2008 at 10:55 am
  14. Thanks, I have my total figured out for my original pledge of a penny a page and a 50 cents a post and will make my donation! I like the one that assures you 90% goes to services and programs, though of course the administrative expenses make these programs possible.

    on October 6th, 2008 at 11:46 am
  15. AWESOME!!! This was such an amazing thing to be a part of, you did an excellent job.

    on October 6th, 2008 at 11:52 am
  16. Hi Natasha, I want to sponsor you for the .50 cents per post. My limit for donations was $30, so this one fits the bill best for me. I’ll gladly give an extra dollar :-) Sorry I can’t do more, but I just started grad school and depend on financial aid for my income.

    on October 6th, 2008 at 12:27 pm
  17. I love the honor system! Amber quoted your best line!

    My daughter decided to dontate her piggy bank savings of $10.98 and I told her I would match it (I wish I could do more…no job=poor) We decided we are going to donate to The International Rescue Committe, Donae for Darfur. Just have to get the details set up. We didn’t enter for the grand prize, because we didn’t exactly sponsor you.

    My pride in my daughter is better than $800 worth of books. Her $10.98 makes my heart melt. I think I am raising a little humanitarian…she is only 7! I credit her school which is VERY actively teaching about the world.

    So anyways, there is my little proud of my daughter bit :) Natasha…still awesome. Like you I had no idea what was going on in Darfur until your blog. Sad, but true. So thank you for opening my eyes to the problems of the world, however horrific they may be. I’m worried about gas prices and someones villiage is being burned to the ground. Puts things into perspective.

    on October 6th, 2008 at 12:44 pm
  18. oh wow. that is a lot of info to keep track off. congrats on the great accomplishment!!!

    on October 6th, 2008 at 2:20 pm
  19. Natasha, I’m so thrilled that this was so successful! Thanks so much for the links to the charities — I’ll be going through them carefully later tonight and choosing one.

    You are amazing.

    on October 6th, 2008 at 2:40 pm
  20. hey.. i posted about this post on my blog.. just to pass on the information.. i hope you get more sponsors for this!

    again, you are the best! this is such an awesome accomplishment!

    on October 6th, 2008 at 3:16 pm
  21. okay, so here’s what I’m going to do. I said I would sponsor you both ways, but since I currently don’t have a job I will just be doing 50 cents per post. So the $31 about! And then when I become employed I’ll definitely be donating more!

    on October 6th, 2008 at 4:24 pm
  22. My husband and I will be sending our donation to one of those organizations above this week. I sponsored you for every post. Thanks again for your inspiration and generosity.

    on October 6th, 2008 at 5:23 pm
  23. That’s really amazing. You should be so proud. I’ll be sending my $85.05 (ok, I’m just going to round up and send $100) once I figure out which organization to send to.

    on October 6th, 2008 at 6:48 pm
  24. Congratulations on a wonderful job, Natasha, and thank you for helping bring awareness of the situation in Darfur. I know I hadn’t given it too much thought before your project, so I’m glad you encouraged us all to look beyond the small circle of our daily lives.
    I hadn’t agreed to sponsor you from the beginning but I just gave a $100 ($85.05 rounded up) donation to the IRC. Thanks again for everything you did.

    on October 7th, 2008 at 6:07 am
  25. Wow! Those are some great stats! I don't know how you found the time to do everything, but I really admire all your passion and hard work.

    I will be doing a bit of research this weekend to decide  to which organization I am going to send my donation.

    on October 9th, 2008 at 3:53 pm
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