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Reading activity in Uganda

Enjoying stories across the world

The books that supporters like you help to send are loved by children across the world!

Here, we’ve gathered together some of their favourite reads which they shared with us to mark World Book Day on the 5th March:


Reading can open up a whole new world to the reader, you can become whoever you want to be – a pirate, a spy, a princess, or an animal. By reading you can travel, explore new worlds, and go on adventures. All that is possible just by opening up a book.

– Clarissa, Street Children Empowerment Foundation, Ghana.


Thimpu, Bhutan

Bhutan book club


Keen young readers in Thimpu, Bhutan, love visiting their local READ Model Centre after school where Ms. Yangcen leads read aloud sessions. Recently, she read I Love Mum with the Very Hungry Caterpillar.


Dandora, Nairobi, Kenya

Enjoying books at DADREG's library in Nairobi


In Nairobi’s Dandora slum in Kenya, the community library run by our partner DADREG is a place that children love to visit to share stories. It’s a place that keeps them busy away from the local landfill site where many of them often join their families to sift for items to sell to make ends meet:

Reading storybooks puts smiles on our faces and books make learning exciting!


Enjoying books in Ghana


In Ghana, the kids at the schools and libraries supported by our partner Rainbow Trust love to read all sorts of books; here they show off just a few of them!

We love reading these books because they are colourful and packed full of fun! Some of the books, like Samson: The Mighty Flee and The Wildest Cowboy encourage the children that with perseverance, they can succeed.

Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

The kids who read at Mathare Youth Sport Association’s (MYSA) libraries in the Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya, are lucky enough to have lots of staff and volunteers who read all sorts of stories with them.

Sharing stories at MYSA in Kenya


At MYSA’s Mathare North Library the kids recently listened to Librarian Stephen reading We Could Help:

Here in the Mathare slums, people litter everywhere so I chose ‘We Could Help’ so the children realise that they can join hands to clean their communities for a better tomorrow.

– Stephen

And Library Attendant Charles, read them The Little Dancer and Other Stories – because they love to dance!

Sharing stories at MYSA in Kenya

Most of the children I was reading the story to are in the library dancing club. So I thought the story might encourage them to continue dancing and maybe think of starting a ballet dancing club in the library.

– Charles


Banjul, The Gambia

Reading at Gambia National Library Service Authority


All sorts of children’s fiction and non-fiction books are loved by the kids who read at the Gambia National Library Service Authority’s library! They especially love story books.


Kpando, Ghana

Sharing stories in class in Ghana


The kids at Delta Preparatory School’s Library Club (which gets books from its local Ghana Library Authority branch) love sharing the The Stone Age to the Iron Age book and learning how tools and farming techniques have changed.


Gaza Strip and the West Bank

In the West Bank and Gaza Strip, our partner Tamer Instuitue for Community Education organises all sorts of reading workshops and activities, book launches, discussions and good old read alouds!


Musanze, Rwanda

Reading at Agati Library in Rwanda


In Rwanda, the kids at Agati Library in Musanze particularly love to be read Momo and Snap, a picture book about the ups and downs of the friendship between a young monkey and a young crocodile.

Reading Momo and Snap creates a feeling of excitement, thrill and even friendship.

Gwanda, Zimbabwe

Young readers at the Edward Ndlovu Memorial Library in Zimbabwe love Funnybones so much that they request it again and again!


Tonkolili, Sierra Leone

Reading at Tonkolili District Library


In Sierra Leone, children enjoy reading all sorts of books and stories but at Tonkolili District Children’s Library, The Dinosaur Who Pooped A Lot! is a particular favourite!


Jamestown, Accra, Ghana

Sharing stories at Street Children Empowerment Foundation in Ghana


The children at Street Children Empowerment Foundation’s library in Accra, Ghana are currently reading a book called Mine:

The children love the illustrations and we chose this book because it teaches the children how important sharing is. Sharing spreads happiness – and so do books!


We are continuing to work with our partners as much as possible and support them wherever we can as they respond to COVID-19 and find new ways to give as many people as possible access to brand new books.


Goat project team

Books and goats changing lives

Many people living in the rural villages of Zimbabwe’s Gwanda region are subsistence farmers. Villagers often have little money to purchase even simple commodities for their families or clothing for their children let alone pay school fees.

Our partner Edward Ndlovu Memorial Trust is working with villagers to change that by using books you help to send to support communities’ income generation projects.

When Trena and five others joined a project in Sezhubane village and started reading books together, many things in their lives began to change. Here Trena tells us more.


Goat project group
Four of the five members of the group

Our group was a discussion group to start with. We are women, some of us widows. We are struggling together and we appreciate each other’s challenges. We all have orphans – the whole village have orphans in each home.

By reading books we came to appreciate that we could start a project. We decided to do this to help ourselves and the orphans that we keep.

Here people practise farming and people like keeping animals, particularly goats. The vegetation supports the keeping of goats. But culturally in Zimbabwe amongst village people, women do not keep animals.


Goats in pen
Group members meet on a daily basis to tend to the goats

But by reading books on rights, we discovered it is not wrong to go up against some of the traditions. So we started a goat project. And this is an example for other women; we can own animals without destroying our villages or our homes.

Each one of us contributed a goat to the group so we had five to start with. And then we asked for a loan to buy extra goats. It’s been nine years now and these goats over the years have reproduced. Now we have 27.


Goat project members
The goats provide the group with security in hard times as well as milk

Now we have something to fall back on when we have got problems, because we can even sell the goats to solve some monetary needs for ourselves. We also get milk from the goats for our tea and porridge.


Agricultural book
The group use books to help them develop their project. They hope to become more commercial.

But we are looking forward to having more goats so that we are not only selling one, but could go out and sell 20. Which means we bring in more money. We are looking at having a number of goats  – that will be beneficial to us as a form of income generation. So we are really thinking of getting into business through keeping goats.

As well as books about goat-keeping and business, we also read and discuss books on different themes.

Books on human rights, health, HIV and AIDS, gender issues, how to get birth certificates.


When the group read a book about environmental health, they decided to each build a latrine by their homes.

After reading books on environmental health we agreed as a group that each one of us must build a bathroom with a toilet next door.

We didn’t have bathrooms before. Now, outside each of our homes is a toilet. This is a big change in terms of health here.

We feel with this project we are going to be different to other women. The women who are not part of the project want to start projects. We feel we have the potential to change our lifestyles. We hope to set a precedence for how to care for orphans even if we are not formally employed.