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Puleni's story

A lifetime of reading

For Puleni, books have been a life-long companion. He shared with us the impact that reading has had on his life and his hopes for younger readers in Malawi.

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Emilina's story

Lighting up education

Emilina is a mother of five from rural Malawi. Here she tells us how access to a combined book and solar lamp library has been helping her son in his studies.

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Attracting new readers

Hear from our Head of Programmes, Samantha Sokoya, about our 2023/24 Community Reading Award Winners!

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Yvonne's Story

Books to build a brighter future

During the worst of the Liberian civil war Yvonne set up the WE-CARE library to provide a space for children to read and learn. This is her story.

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Libraries leading change

Ahmed runs the National Library in Somaliland. He's seen how increasing access to libraries has empowered communities and improved literacy rates.

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Ugbaad's story

Books building dreams

20 year old Ugbaad is studying for her first degree, and she’s fallen in love with reading at her local library. This is her story.

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Sharon's story

A better life through books

Sharon grew up in an informal community at the edge of Nairobi. Despite the challenges she faced, she knows the power books and perseverance can truly have.

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Rogers' story

Moving books to far places

Rogers grew up with no books and went on to found his own library - including a bicycle library. This is his story.

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