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Books for Africa

28 December 2015

This year the charity Book Aid InternationalSupplies much-needed books to developing countries, raising funds from publishers and general public; 'Reverse Book Club' is masterly idea-for just £5 ($10) month you can provide 48 books to go to where they're most needed, which goes from strength to strength, has sent over 1.1 million books to partners in Africa, beating their previous donation levels. Books and libraries are a crucial resource in sub-Saharan Africa. They are vital for quality education; they raise literacy levels, provide information and underpin development.

The books help children learn, students increase their knowledge and adults improve their skills. Books really do have the power to help people change their own lives for the better. The books go to libraries, so they are accessible to all.

Book Aid International also provides training for librarians, helps to establish spaces for children in libraries and supports schools to help get children reading. This last year they had a campaign to establish children's corners in libraries, to get children into the library and into the habit of borrowing and reading books.

"Without the books we receive from Book Aid International many of these children will not see or read a book in their childhood."Jeanne Atsam, Dan and Sarah Orphanage

Many of the books come from publishers' donations of books or money, but there is a strong and rather satisfying way that individuals can donate too, through their Reverse Book Club. £6 a month, for instance, could stock a community library with 36 books for children. Because of their efficient distribution and partnership systems, the charity is very effective in its use of donations.

Book Aid International