Last year, we sent thousands of vocational books, English language learning books, technical guides and how-to guides to all of the 20 countries we supported.
Each of these books will have a direct impact on the people who read them by helping them gain new language and practical skills.
In Kenya a group of adults also made use of some of the books we sent with younger readers in mind, with unexpected results.
Learning to read at 60
Chesengoch is a tiny, remote village remote village in Kenya’s vast Great Rift Valley. The area is rugged with steep cliffs and poor roads and most people lead a simple pastoral lifestyle. Poverty and illiteracy levels are high. Chesengoch is part of our Inspiring Readers programme, so the local schools are fortunate to have brand new books in their classrooms.
When parents and grandparents saw children coming home reading, they also saw an opportunity to improve their own reading. So they demanded support from government to fund an adult education teacher and began improving their
own literacy using the Inspiring Readers books.
Some, like 60-year-old Florence, below, even learned to read for the first time.