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Footnotes Vol. 4
Welcome to the Spring Newsletter
Welcome to the Spring edition of The Footpath Library Newsletter. This newsletter is packed full of interviews with some amazing individuals who have generously taken the time to share their stories with us. In this month's video I share some of my own experiences of my time in Northern India. I hope you enjoy the newsletter.

Sarah Garnett, Founder
New Library Opens in Rajasthan
Sarah has been continuing her travels and has recently returned from a small village in Rajasthan in northern India. Whilst visiting the small local primary school she discovered there were absolutely no reading resources for the children. The Footpath Library has now proudly been able to set up the village's very first library. Truly inspiring!
Why do homeless people need mobiles?
Photo by Jakub Krechowicz
When you picture a homeless person you may not imagine them holding a mobile phone but recent research indicates that it is more common than you may think.

For people without stable accommodation owning a mobile can be a way of keeping of safe and navigating a path out of homelessness.
Tim Quinn tells if he really is a Kindle Man
Tim Quinn and his company Kindleman have been generously providing pro-bono web development support to us since 2010. Tim spent a bit of time explaining why Kindleman feels a strong connection to the work of The Footpath Library and how music played on an old Nokia phone can be truly beautiful.
A birthday wish provides much needed books
Michelle* and her daughter Rebecca* share a birthday and this year they were both celebrating important milestones. Michelle was turning 50 while Rebecca was celebrating her 18th birthday.  This led them to host a big joint party but they wanted to mark the occasion by helping those less fortunate than themselves.
How a chat over a cuppa is making a huge difference
Sue Stewart
Sue Stewart has been volunteering for The Footpath Library since it first began and is still as committed as ever.

She shares how she first became involved and the important social impact having a chat about books over a cuppa can have.
Faces in the Street
Photo by Jamie Harris
Henry Lawson is widely recognised as Australia's poet of the people. His life was fraught was with difficulties; he spent time in jail and experienced long periods of homelessness. Despite this, Lawson is reported to have found time for those less fortunate than himself. One of his famous poems which illustrates his incredible observation skills and highlights the plight of the disadvantaged is Faces in the Street which you can read by clicking below.
A series of fortunate events
Photography by sarilonka -  http://craftegem.blogspot.com
Jo has been living in the leafy suburb of Mt Colah for the last 16 years. She shares her home with her fiancé and three of her five children. Her 21 year old has moved out to study at university while her 26 year old recently moved out with his girlfriend. Life for Jo is pretty good but it hasn’t always been that way for the mother of five. She and her family were once homeless.

Jo shares how becoming homeless can happen to anyone and the lessons she learnt along the way.
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Vol. 4 - September 2014

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