One in ten people around the world live on less than $1.90 a day and simply cannot afford to buy books. Even in libraries, the shelves are often bare.
Without easy access to books, children are less able to learn to read, adults cannot access the information which might help them change their lives for the better and everyone is denied the simple joy of reading.
People around the world desperately want to read because they know that books can help them achieve their ambitions.
“I started school when I was 11. It’s hard being the one of the oldest in the classroom. I enjoy the reading and the spelling classes. Learning at school is so important, because I want to go to trade school to become a tailor.”
Betty, 14 years old, in 3rd grade, Liberia
Every year, our charity, Book Aid International, sends around one million brand new books to people who would otherwise have few books, or even no books at all. They are read by people from all walks of life in thousands of libraries, schools, refugee camps, hospitals and prisons around the world.
Last year, we sent 1.28 million books – more than ever before – and yet, we cannot keep pace with demand. Every week, we receive more book requests.
Our charity receives no government funding and relies entirely on the generosity of supporters like you to reach out to readers around the world.
It costs just £2 to send a brand new, carefully selected book. Your gift could send a picture book to a child in a rural Kenyan library, a science book to a young refugee struggling to learn in Greece or a higher education text to a student returnign to class in Mosul.