Book Aid International

Book Aid International

 

At Book Aid International, we understand the opportunities and pleasure that reading can bring and we believe everyone should have the chance to read. Through reading, people can change their own lives for the better and shape their own futures.

 

The need for our work

We work where the need is great. Most of our work takes place in Africa, where we support libraries in 13 countries and we also have a small project in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. We support libraries in cities, slums, rural areas, schools, colleges and universities, prisons, hospitals and refugee camps. 

Literacy and access to information have been shown to reduce poverty, providing opportunities for work, increasing household income, even improving the health of children. A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.

We understand the pleasure and opportunities that reading can bring and we believe everyone should have the opportunity to read. Through reading, people can change their own lives for the better and shape their own futures.

What we do

In places where books are scarce libraries are often the best places for people to discover the joy of reading. By supporting libraries we can provide access to books for around 29 million people each year.

We supply brand new books, donated by publishers, to public, community and school libraries across Africa. By partnering with national library services, government departments and NGOs we are able to send up to one million brand new, carefully selected books to Africa each year.

With training and skills development librarians can transform their libraries into the heart of their communities. We provide training to develop the skills of librarians for years to come.

 

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery supported the provision of five new Children's Corners in public libraries in Zimbabwe, providing thousands of books to stock safe, welcoming spaces with trained librarians for children who would otherwise have little access to books.”

 

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