Book Aid International

Book Aid International

Book Aid International’s vision is a world where everyone has access to books that will enrich, improve and change their lives.

In the communities where the charity works, most people live on just a few Dollars a day and they cannot afford to buy books for themselves. Schools are also often poorly resourced and a single textbook can be shared between many pupils.

For many people, libraries offer a rare chance to access books and read, yet these libraries also often lack funds to purchase new books or train librarians. This leaves millions without the books which might help them succeed in education, access valuable information throughout their lives and provide them with the simple joy of reading.

For over 60 years, Book Aid International has worked with partners in some of the world's poorest countries to support literacy, education and development by improving access to books. Every year, the charity provides around one million brand new books to libraries, schools, prisons and refugee camps around the world where people would otherwise have few books, or even no books at all. Book Aid International also runs projects which encourage people to access books and begin to read by creating and supporting school libraries, providing training for librarians and teachers, funds to refurbish libraries and grants to purchase books locally.

In an average year, the books the charity provides are read by an estimated 24 million people.

So far, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have provided over £1.35m to help Book Aid International send books to people around the world who need them. The generosity of players has allowed the charity to expand its work to new countries, such as Liberia and Rwanda, dramatically increase its work with African primary school pupils, support public libraries to provide for the needs of children in their communities, and much more.

Book Aid International supporter Joanna Lumley spoke of why she supports the charity, saying "In building a road out of poverty, it's impossible to measure just how powerful a tool a book can be. I support Book Aid International because I am inspired by the vital work they do." The charity would like to thank every player for joining Joanna Lumley in making its work possible.  

For more information, visit their website To help support their work, sign up to play People's Postcode Lottery

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