Here’s an organisation that in 2018 sent 128 million new and carefully selected books to libraries, schools, universities, refugee camps, prisons and hospitals around the world.
You can help Book Aid International by making a donation, and/or by buying a ‘reverse book token’. Here’s why it matters.
Child Refugees in Kenya
24,000 children in Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya now have books in their schools. The teachers have also been trained in using books in their classrooms.
Before the training I never used to know how to organise books for learners and how to captivate interest among pupils. I now understand the level of children’s understanding. Each of them is different from the other. (Isaac Ubur, headteacher Kalobeyei Early Childhood Centre)
See below for a link to hear Ben Okri say more about the supply of books to the Kakuma Refugee Camp.
Children in South Sudan
18,684 books were sent to South Sudan, where the economy is predominantly rural, but farming needs to improve.
Our farming is quite basic so we need a profound change and this can be gained through books where research has been done on improved farming methods. But there is a lack of books. We have universities, we have schools, but we badly need books. (Professor Dr Jacob Lupai, at the University of Juba)
5106 books were sent to READ Bhutan, a project that aims to offer all children the chance to read.
The only public library is situated in the capital, Thimphu and most children living in other districts have no access to the public library. READ Bhutan is the only organisation working to build community libraries. We now have nine community libraries. Many children cannot travel outside Bhutan so the books will be an opportunity for them to see a new world, build their creativity and learn about different cultures. (Kezanger, READ Bhutan project manager)
Books have also been sent recently to these destinations:
- to rebuild the library in the University of Mosul,
- to schools in Liberia,
- to women in a community garden and for donkey-drawn mobile libraries in Zimbabwe
- to medical professionals around the world,
- to displaced children in Cameroon,
- and to libraries in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Ben Okri’s appeal
Ben Okri, the Nobel Prize winning writer from Nigeria, presented the Radio 4 Appeal for Book Aid International on Sunday 31stMarch. You can listen to him talking about the charity’s help given to Yvonne in Kakuma Refugee Camp here.
Reverse Book Tokens
These special Book Tokens are a great idea for presents to support Book Aid International: you pay the money and someone else gets the books. For only £6 Book Aid International can send out three books. So a Reverse Book Tokenmakes an excellent present and it supports Book Aid International. You can also join the Reverse Book Club to send a regular donation to the charity. A reader will thank you.