In September we launched our first ever Crowdfunding campaign to send 2,000 brand new books to children in Sierra Leone.
The country was declared Ebola-free over a year ago, but efforts to rebuild continue and pupils are still playing catch up after their schools closed for a full year during the crisis. Books are a vital way for children to supplement their learning and get back up to speed:
The need is even greater now because Sierra Leone is still in the recovery period after Ebola. Literacy, education and access to educational resources and facilities are priority for the government to sail through this period.
– Sallieu Turay, Chief Librarian, Sierra Leone Library Board.
In light of the on-going urgent need for books, we launched our Crowdfunding campaign to raise £4,000 in just four weeks and send 2,000 brand new books to schools and children’s libraries in the country.
It was an ambitious target, but thanks to the efforts of supporters who shared the campaign and the generosity of our donors, the campaign exceeded our target and raised a whopping £4,191 – enough to send 2,095 books!
We were delighted, as is Sallieu, our partner in Sierra Leone:
I was thrilled when I read that a crowd funding is in progress to support the children of Sierra Leone with 2,000 books. The books will prepare and better equip children to go to school and stay in school. Thank you Book Aid International supporters! The children of Sierra Leone appreciate you so much.