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 so that it can continue sending books around the world to people who do not have the books they need.
Around the world, millions of people live in a world without books. They cannot afford to buy books at home and, in schools, pupils share just a tattered textbook with up to a dozen others. Libraries offer the best opportunity for people to read, but even libraries often have just a few out of date books. This lack of books leaves children less able to succeed in school, prevents adults from learning throughout their lives and denies everyone the simple joy of reading.
Book Aid International believes that everyone should have access to books that will enrich, improve and change their lives. Every year, the charity sends around one million new books to thousands of libraries, schools, universities, hospitals, refugee camps and prisons, where people would otherwise have few opportunities to access books and read. All of the books the charity sends are carefully selected to meet each community’s needs. In an average year, the books the charity sends are available to an estimated 25 million people.
It costs just £2 to send another book, so every Book Aid International gift card you purchase can help to change a life through reading. To find out more about Book Aid International visit bookaid.org.
So far you've helped send more than 5,000 new books to people who need them!
Thanks to your support, our Book Aid International gift card has so far raised more than £10,000 – that’s enough to allow the charity to send 5,000 brand new, carefully selected books to people around the world.
Many of those books reach people in some of the world’s most remote and isolated communities through the charity’s work setting up school libraries. These books help pupils learn to read – but they also change lives far beyond the classroom walls.
Chesengoch is a tiny, remote village in Kenya's vast Great Rift Valley, where too many people still live with poverty and illiteracy. Book Aid International created school libraries in the area’s primary schools to support pupils, but they have also been put to work by the areas adults.
When parents and grandparents saw children reading simple phonics books, they also saw an opportunity. So they demanded support from government to fund an adult education teacher and began improving their own reading. Some, like 60-year old Florence, learned to read for the first time:
"I joined the class so I could learn to read and write. Now I can read prices, so I get a fair price when shopping and I can use a mobile phone."
Florence and her classmates remind us that every book is an opportunity – to learn, to grow and to change. With your generous purchases, Book Aid International can continue reaching out to readers like Florence, giving them the books they need to change their own lives.
One of the thousands of libraries that have received books is in the Mathare slum community of 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 donating to fundraising or volunteering.