MEDIA RELEASE – Players of Peoples Postcode Lottery support for African readers in 2016
In 2016, the UK’s leading book donation and library development charity, Book Aid International, received £475,000 from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. These funds were critical to the charity’s work with children in 2016 and shipping 33,000 books to Sierra Leone following the Ebola crisis.
The funds also helped Book Aid International ship more than 1 million books for the third year running. At time of writing, 1,032,610 books have been shipped to 14 countries. Book Aid International expects the number to rise slightly before the year end.
In the communities where Book Aid International works, many people have little or no access to books. In schools, several children may share one out of date text book and, at home, most people cannot afford to buy their own books. This means that libraries can offer the only realistic chance for people to read.
In 2016, funds from the players allowed Book Aid International to reach thousands of children. In Kenya players funded 25 school libraries through the launch of the Inspiring Readers programme. These libraries will give approximately 20,000 Kenyan Primary school students access to books. The programme also includes training for librarians and teachers, so in addition to the opportunity to read, students will also receive additional reading support from librarians and teachers.
In Zimbabwe, funds from players allowed the charity to create vibrant, welcoming spaces where children can read through its Open Doors Children’s Corners programme. Each Open Doors Children’s Corners receives a collection of brand new children’s books, training for librarians in working with children, a budget to refurbish a space in the library so that it is child-friendly and a grant to purchase local books.
Book Aid International’s Director, Alison Tweed, was quick to point out that children were not the only ones to benefit from players’ generosity: “Funds from players of Peoples Postcode Lottery also helped us ship 33,000 books to Sierra Leone as the country recovers from Ebola and carry out our internal Theory of Change exercise. The Theory of Change was particularly valuable to our organisation as it can be difficult to find funders to support these sorts of internal exercises that are vital to measuring impact. We really cannot thank the players enough for their life-changing gifts.”
The entire charity echoes Alison’s thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for helping make 2016 such an outstanding year. Book Aid International hopes to do even more in 2017.
To find out more about the charity’s work or stay up to date, you can visit the website and subscribe to the charity’s e-newsletter: www.bookaid.org. You can also follow the charity on Twitter @book_aid
NOTES TO EDITORS
For further information and comment please contact Emma Taylor, Head of Communications at Book Aid International.
t: 020 7326 5800
Book Aid International
Book Aid International is the UK’s leading book donation and library development charity. The charity works in partnership with libraries providing new books, resources and training to support an environment in which reading for pleasure, study and lifelong learning can flourish.
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