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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.


Bani Naim library

Books empowering women in Palestine

It’s International Women’s Day and today we are celebrating how access to books can be transformative for women and girls.

Haneen is the Programmes Coordinator at our partner Tamer Institute for Community Education, a non-profit working in the West Bank and Gaza (the Occupied Palestinian Territories) to support both formal and informal education and learning under the difficult social and economic conditions they experience.




All Palestinians’ freedom of movement is restricted by a complex system of controls, such as permits, checkpoints, roadblocks and segregation wall. [1]

We talked to Haneen about the difference books make for her as a young woman living in Jerusalem and how she thinks they can help other women and girls like her cope with the challenges they face and pursue their ambitions.


The wall
The wall, check points, road blocks and travel permits restrict freedom of movement in the OPT


What are the particular challenges that women living in Palestine face?

Women in Palestine face many challenges on a daily basis. In general terms, Palestinian women suffer from a low employment rate. The poor infrastructure and almost total absence of public transit to and from Palestinian Arab villages play a central role in women’s social exclusion and have a particularly negative effect on their ability, though not on their willingness, to join the work force.

The separation wall has resulted in the permanent division of communities and restricts access to medical care, schools and workplaces. The Wall, as well as the over 500 other obstacles throughout Palestine (including checkpoints and road blocks) have greatly increased travel time and costs. These restrictions present particular risks for expectant mothers, resulting in the denial of their right to health. Furthermore, frequent body searches at checkpoints do not, as a rule, observe women’s right to privacy.

Although men are those most often imprisoned by Israeli occupation, women bear the costs of their detention: the burden of running a household and raising children, as well as interceding on behalf of prisoners, visiting and taking care of them once released – all weigh heavily on women’s shoulders

I face the wall and the checkpoints on a daily basis. My privacy is violated on a daily basis too. I often feel that my life is wasted waiting on checkpoints to cross from one city to another.

Girls reading in Gaza
Books help Haneen to see beyond the wall and to dare to dream


How have books helped you to overcome or cope with these challenges?

For me, books are a spiritual resource to shore myself up against challenges. They give me a reason to hope and dream, develop my identity, strengthen my confidence.

Books create a solid ground for me where I can feel stable and safe. They open a wide window to a normal life; to many other lives that I could have lived.

For me books can shorten the waiting time in front of any checkpoint and shorten the distance between imagination and reality. Books make me see what is beyond the walls and to dare to dream.


Girls reading
For Haneen, books are a way to travel and learn even when movements are restricted


How do you think books can help other women and girls in Palestine?

Books can bring Palestine closer to those who can’t see it because of all the barriers built by the occupation. It makes you imagine the sea even if you can’t reach it, it makes you imagine the plane, the train . . .

Books make you travel, learn and most importantly reach what you are unable to reach in reality. They give strength to fight to overcome challenges and overcome barriers, both the physical and mental ones. I believe that books can help Palestinian girls and women live a better life than what they are living in reality.

[1] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14630174

Gaza Health Sciences Library

Supporting healthcare in Gaza

The Gaza Health Sciences Library in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is the main medical library in the Gaza strip. Its books provide medical staff and students in Gaza with the vital information they need to deliver quality healthcare.

Border closures and air and sea blockades mean that Palestinians living in Gaza are unable to freely access other parts of the Palestinian Territories or the outside world. Blockades also mean that the import of goods such as books is limited. The books you help to send to this library are therefore a lifeline for the medical staff and students to keep their knowledge and skills up to date.

Here Mahmoud, Project Coordinator at the library tells us more about the difference the books you help to send are making to healthcare in Gaza.


A lady studing
The Gaza Health Sciences Library provides medical practitioners with a range of services


We have lived under blockade for more than 12 years. Our port is closed and we have three hours of electricity a day.

Our vision for the library is to be a modern library, like other libraries outside. So we try to develop our services and offer services like books, journals, online subscriptions but the blockade prevents us from keeping the books in the library updated.

We have been supported by Book Aid International for three years and since then we have seen an increase in the use of the library. Our doctors can’t go out so these books keep them updated like other doctors in the world. Without the books from Book Aid International, all the books in the library would be more than fifteen years old.


Man studying
The brand new books you help to send enable medical practitioners to keep their knowledge up-to-date


The books you help to send users – new books in more than 48 different subjects in health – offer a big help to our users. They give them windows they can look through to keep them updated with new information and help them improve their knowledge more and more.

My hopes for the future are to develop the health sector in various ways and also for people in Gaza to have freedom.