Chandra’s Magic Light Brightens Real World Nepal: After the earthquake in central Nepal, one passionate Barefoot Books Ambassador used Chandra's Magic Light to help those affected.

“The book is a vehicle by which we can help people across the world.”

Chandra’s Magic Light is a beautiful and inspirational read that relays an important message to children of all ages. Set in Nepal, this heartwarming book tells the tale of two resourceful sisters who bring the safety of solar-powered light to their family’s home. The book includes useful facts about Nepal and instructions for a great DIY project: making an easy solar-powered oven!

Chandra's Magic Light from Barefoot Books: A Story from Nepal

After the devastating earthquake in central Nepal, one passionate Barefoot Books Ambassador sought to capitalize on her influence to help those affected by the disaster. With many homes lost along with the use of electricity, Chandra’s Magic Light is perhaps more relevant than ever before and Ambassador Heather Lynn Barton Ziegler immediately made the connection.

The Story

When the earthquake first hit in April, Heather was shocked along with the rest of the world at the widespread damages. A good friend of Heather’s had lived and worked as a peacekeeping ambassador in Nepal and thus the horror struck even closer to home.

An Ambassador since 2009, Heather is used to the driven, interconnected and passionate environment that Barefoot cultivates. Always looking for a way to connect current events to our books, she decided to read Chandra’s Magic Light (Europe / North America) to her daughter after the tragedy occurred. Immediately upon reading it, light bulbs (or solar-powered lights) began flashing in her mind! She jumped into action and brainstormed on how she could help those in need in Nepal by using Chandra’s Magic Light as a connection between the two cultures.

Nepal LuminAid

Heather recalled hearing about LuminAid, a company founded by two young women in response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Upon visiting the LuminAid website, she discovered that they already had a system in place to send durable, waterproof, solar-powered lights to Nepal. Heather calculated that with her Ambassador discount, the price of one copy of Chandra’s Magic Light was equal to the price of donating one light to the Nepali Children’s Education Project (NCEP) through LuminAid. Thus Heather’s campaign to bring light to the children of Nepal began.
“The amazing synchronicity of Chandra’s Magic Light, LuminAid and the people of Nepal — it all just came together.” stated Heather in an interview. Chandra’s Magic Light illustrates how two sisters, through their own determination and entrepreneurial spirit, secured a solar light. Heather’s fundraiser has been following much of the same path. The legacy of women working together, either in books or out in the real world, is certainly a staple of this fundraiser’s success.

Under the hashtags #dispeldarkness and #givelight, Heather has been spreading word of her fundraiser and is on track to reach her goal of 100 LuminAid lights sent to the NCEP by the end of June. Heather’s campaign has been widely successful and the NCEP themselves even reached out over Facebook to express their gratitude! If you’d like to help support Heather, please check out her Facebook page: HLBZ Barefoot Books.


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