Supporting Book Aid International
For every sale or top up on our special Book Aid International card, 1% of its value is donated to the charity to help us support libraries, literacy and learning in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Book Aid International works in partnership with libraries in Sub-Saharan Africa providing books, resources and training to support an environment in which reading for pleasure, study and lifelong learning can flourish. Every year, the charity provides up to one million new books, donated by publishers, to over 3,400 libraries in Africa. Their work benefits around 35 million people annually through book provision, library development, teacher support and librarian training. Book Aid International has over 60 years’ experience of working in partnership with libraries in Africa and believes that reading can changes lives.
To find out more about Book Aid International, visit: bookaid.org.
So far you've helped send 2,500 new books to libraries in Africa!
Thanks to your support, our Book Aid International gift card has so far raised more than £5,000 to support the charity’s work in Sub-Saharan Africa, sending books to libraries like the one in Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya.
Few people here are in formal employment and families live in cramped, noisy conditions. For Moses, 16, his local library provides a quiet haven for study and the books he needs to support his education:
“The moment I started coming to the library English became my favourite subject. English can make a very big difference in my life. It can be a career – and it improves my creativity and innovation.”
For Moses, access to new books is just as important as money to build houses, water pumps and roads:
“We can have so many houses, but when we don’t have books we don’t have the knowledge of how to take care of the houses. So it’s important for us to have the books because knowledge is power – and that’s the best thing to have!”
Want to get involved? There are many ways you can support the charity’s work, from joining its Reverse Book Club to fundraising, volunteering, or becoming a Community Ambassador.