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Celebrating 2019!

Supporters like you made 2019 another brilliant year.



Your support helped to send an astonishing 1,211,423 brand new books to 136 partners in 26 countries, reaching an estimated 25 million readers!


What remains of the library
2,500 books were sent to The University of The Bahamas’ library which was destroyed by Hurricane Dorian


2019 brought a series of book-destroying disasters and your support helped us respond to global events.

When Cyclone Idai devastated schools in Zimbabwe and Malawi and Hurricane Dorian hit The Grand Bahamas, you helped to send brand new children’s and higher education books, enabling learners to continue their education in the face of disaster.


Reading activity in Uganda's Adjumani Refugee Settlement
Displaced children in Uganda’s Adjumani Refugee Settlement are discovering the joy of reading thanks to books you’ve helped to send


You also helped us to continue to reach displaced people around the world, sending 25,377 books to refugee camps across Southern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa.

You even helped us bring solar lamps as well as books to secondary school libraries in Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp so that reading and studying no longer has to stop when the sun goes down.


Canon School cakes
An astonishing 785 schools fundraised to support our work on World Book Day


Children and teachers from 785 schools took part in World Book Day, raising an incredible £98,428 enabling us to send 49,214 books to people who need them most around the world.



Players of People’s Postcode Lottery helped us do something particularly special – up-cycle a shipping container into a thriving community library in Rwanda!

Together we achieved so much and we would like to thank each and every person who made it possible.

Watch this video to see just some of the ways your support made a difference in 2019!

What remains of the university library

Books on their way to support hurricane-destroyed library in The Bahamas

Book Aid International today sent 2,500 brand new, publisher-donated books from its South London warehouse to University of The Bahamas. The library of University of The Bahamas-North’s northern campus on the island of Grand Bahama was destroyed when Hurricane Dorian – one of the strongest hurricanes on record to hit The Bahamas – struck in September 2019. Approximately 600 faculty, staff and students were displaced and left without any access to books.

Hurricane Dorian lashed the islands with winds in excess of 180 miles per hour and sea surges of over 20 feet. Thousands of people were displaced when homes and communities were severely damaged or destroyed.

Through the support of UK publishers, Book Aid International has today sent 2,500 books, offering brand new books to replace those which were destroyed in the hurricane. Books which were lost included those in subject areas of education, business and the sciences. University Librarian Dr. Berthamae Walker said the donation of books will go a long way towards helping to restore a sense of normalcy for students and the members of the University community in Grand Bahama.

“Though Hurricane Dorian caused massive disruption, our University of the Bahamas-North community is determined to rebound. Less than a month after the hurricane struck, classes resumed at temporary locations on the island so access to books and other publications to support students’ continued academic pursuits is fundamentally important. We are so grateful for the support from Book Aid International and we look forward to building a stronger relationship for the benefit of our educational community.”

Book Aid International always stands ready to help wherever books are lost to disaster or conflict, but this book donation is particularly special as Book Aid International was founded in The Bahamas. In 1952 the Countess of Ranfurly moved to The Bahamas with her husband, who was Governor General there.

As Lady Ranfurly toured the islands she was shocked at the lack of reading materials for all ages. She set about collecting books that could be packed up and sent on to schools, libraries and institutions on the islands. Thus, the Ranfurly Out Island Library was born – the organisation which would become Book Aid International. Book Aid International’s Chair Lord Paul Boateng commented on this very special donation, saying:

“These storms have a devastating effect on books, libraries and those who use and work in them. The destruction of the library on Grand Bahama was complete and The Bahamas was where our founder the Countess Ranfurly started her work. In stepping up to meet the challenge of its restocking Book Aid International is coming home.”

Book Aid International plans to send an additional 2,500 books to University of The Bahamas in early 2020 and is appealing for donations of higher education texts as well as funds for this upcoming shipment.

To support Book Aid International’s response in The Bahamas click here. If you would like to discuss a donation of brand new books, please contact the charity by emailing Harry Boughton or calling 020 7733 3577.

Learn more about the reconstruction efforts taking place on The University of The Bahamas website.