Inspiration For Our Name
In September of 2017, Kamala-Jean Gopie founded a primary school in a small, underprivileged village in Malawi, Africa. She then built an extension to the school, bought sewing machines and taught the women in the community to sew. In 2019, Kamala-Jean helped build a mill for the men to grind their maize saving them four hours of travel time per day.
Project 99A’s founder Josephine Vaccaro-Chang pledged to do something, “GREAT” for the school. When she thought of the word, “GREAT”, Wayne Gretzky, celebrated as ”The Greatest Hockey Player” ever came to mind. Hockey fans will remember that Wayne wore jersey number 99. Inspired by the impressive accomplishments of these two Canadians, Project 99A shipped 99 books to Malawi.
The “A” was added to the name because we’re Canadian, eh!
Project 99A is a volunteer run, Richmond Hill based, Canadian not-for-profit organization established in August of 2019.
To elevate global literacy by sharing our passion for literacy and resources with those in need.
“Despite the steady rise of literacy rates over the past 50 years, there are still 750 million illiterate adults around the world, most of whom are women.”
— United Nations
To foster a love of reading for people with limited access to reading materials and opportunities enabling each person to reach their full potential. Project 99A is focused on promoting literacy locally and internationally. Our primary activity involves collecting and distributing books to those in need. We also host a variety of literacy oriented events where the general public has the opportunity to meet local authors and illustrators. Our signature event is our annual International Friendship Day celebration in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Our future programming includes sponsoring author visits, helping children to read and launching & managing a successful, global Pen Pal program.