We are delighted to announce that we are partnering with Book Aid International in order to increase the level of access that Ghanaians have to high quality books. We will soon be receiving several thousand books which we will add to our September shipment. Communities across Ghana will be able to select books from a list of topics and titles that BAI provide – all books will then be delivered to and housed in our community-led ‘reading spots’ which are free for all members of the community to use.
We are so grateful to Book Aid International for their support, and are delighted to be able to be taking their books (which are donated brand new from publishers and authors) to communities in Ghana that are incredible keen to read, but lack the means to do so. In most communities in which we work and have our ‘reading spots’, most households do not own a single book, and schools only have text books (which are often shared between numerous pupils).
It was such a privilege to go to Book Aid International’s warehouse in London in February and meet the many volunteers and staff working so hard to increase access to books worldwide. From Book Aid International’s Website:
‘Book Aid International is the UK’s leading international book donation and library development charity. 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. 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 work with UK publishers to supply brand new books to over 3,000 libraries. Every year, we send around one million brand new, carefully selected books each. Most of our work takes place in Africa but we also work in other locations where the need for books is great.
We now have 10 ‘reading spots’ in different areas, and hope to continue work on plans to make these education spaces sustainable with several ideas for entrepreneurial initiatives to be run at the libraries. More about our model, and how you could help us is found here: