The Beit Trust
Book Aid International has received continued support from the Beit Trust since 1981. The Beit Trust is one of our largest and most long-term trust supporters and is the major donor supporting our book provision in Southern Africa.
What does the Beit Trust do?
Originally set up in 1906 by Mr Alfred Beit to improve and develop infrastructure and communications in Southern Africa, the Beit Trust now funds projects in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe related to education, health, welfare and the environment.
How does the Beit Trust support Book Aid International?
The Beit Trust supports our books provision programme for secondary schools, higher education institutions and public libraries in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The books include secondary textbooks, vocational and technical, business and finance, higher education, health and medical, reference and leisure reading.
In 2019 around 36,000 of the books we sent to southern Africa were funded by the Beit Trust. A small percentage of the funding the Trust provides also enables us to purchase books in the UK that are requested by partners, but are not usually obtainable through donations. These books are often core texts which are essential for study.
Examples of institutions supported by our partnership with The Beit Trust
College of Medicine University of Malawi (UM-COM)
With the funding from the Beit Trust, Book Aid International sent 1,067 books to UM-COM in 2019. These books are making a significant impact on the students who use the textbooks to study for exams and complete their essay assignments.
Copperbelt University, Zambia
Book Aid International sent 1,127 books to Copperbelt University in 2019. The university is the second highest ranked university in Zambia and has approximately 11,000 students on roll. As the University does not have a budget for purchasing books, these up-to-date books are an important element in supporting students with their studies.
Lusaka Apex Medical University (LAMU), Zambia
Book Aid International has shipped 17,584 medical textbooks to Zambia so far in 2019. Up to date books are essential for students completing their university studies. As student numbers grow phenomenally at LAMU (from 71 students in 2007 to 6,500 in 2019) extra copies of the same books are important so that more students can access information to aid their studies.
The Chief Librarian at LAMU, Elizabeth Msadabwe, says of the donated books they have received “Book Aid International’s contribution is very valuable. Students are used to doing without; this year many will find what they need on the shelves.”
You can find out more about the Beit Trust here.