People’s Postcode Lottery manages society lotteries on behalf of a range of charitable bodies. These lotteries support charities and good causes like ours. A minimum of 32% of the ticket price goes to charities and good causes. With sister lotteries in the Netherlands and Sweden, the lottery group is the world’s third largest private charitable donor.
Sharing the power of reading
Through players’ support, we have been able to increase the number of books we send every year from 600,000 in 2013 to 1.28 million in 2018 and expand our work to new countries, including Rwanda, Liberia, Ghana, The Gambia and Sierra Leone for the first time. The funds we receive from players are awarded through the People’s Postcode Lottery Africa Trust.
Players help us respond where the need is greatest. In Sierra Leone, player support has allowed us to send life-saving medical books to help the country recover from the devastating Ebola Crisis which killed thousands across the country.
The books we send to children are particularly important, and over two thirds of the books we send every year are for children. These young readers rely on the books players help us send to learn to read and to discover wonderful new stories.
Today more people are displaced by conflict than at any time since the Second World War, many sheltering from conflict on the African continent. Uganda alone is home to more than 1.4 million refugees, the majority of whom are from South Sudan.
Through players’ generosity, we’re working to ensure that young readers in Uganda’s Adjumani refugee settlement and Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp have access to the books they need to continue an interrupted education and process the trauma they have faced. In total, these programmes are putting books into the hands of 33,000 young refugees.
Inspiring Readers in four countries
Inspiring Readers aims to bring books into the classrooms of 250,000 African primary school children by 2020 and dramatically increase the support available to young readers by training teachers and linking schools with local Children’s Corners.
Players provided the funds needed to pilot Inspiring Readers in Kenya and have since provided the funds to expand the programme to Malawi, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe – bringing books into the classrooms of thousands of children who would otherwise have just a few tattered textbooks in their classrooms.
And so much more
Players have also helped us:
- Understand our long-term impact
- Create Children’s Corners across Africa
- Help children in Uganda explore their Digital Futures
- Open Doors to reading in Northern Ghana in partnership with player-supported charity AfriKids
We cannot thank players enough for their support!
Find out more
Tickets for People’s Postcode Lottery cost £10 for 10 draws paid monthly in advance and a minimum of 32% from every ticket goes to support good causes like ours. You can find out more or sign up to play here.