Books give people power

Books transform how people see themselves and the world around them. But millions of people live without books. We’re here to change that.

We see the power of books every day.

It’s a new library opening in a school that’s never had one. It’s a midwife using the latest medical textbook to save a baby’s life. It’s a family escaping into a story after being forced to flee their home.

It’s a path to a more equal future.

A single book can transform dozens of lives – offering joy, inspiration and hope. It can be taken anywhere, without Wi-Fi or a charger. Wherever you are in the world, a book can fire you up to work for a better tomorrow.

Books give people power – so we work every day to create a world where everyone has access to books.

How do books help people create a more equal future?

A book might seem like a small thing in the battle against inequality. But we see every day how books can spark a transformation.

Books help learning thrive

Learning changes forever when classrooms and school libraries are fully stocked with brand new books. Teachers can elevate their lessons. Learning to read becomes much easier. And a very different future feels more achievable. 

Books create opportunities

When books are within reach, a world of possibilities opens up. Books unlock new ideas. They help people think in new ways. They reveal new careers and opportunities – and provide the knowledge people need to seize them.

Books restore hope

In the midst of a conflict or the aftermath of a disaster, books provide an invaluable sense of normality. They can help people escape into a story and feel a glimmer of hope – instead of feeling overwhelmed by trauma.

Books inspire confidence

There’s no limit to what you can find in the pages of a book. Self-belief. New ideas. A sense of connection. Books can help people feel more confident and believe their ambitions truly are achievable. 

This is the power of books

Books give people the power to build a more equal future. Here are three readers who have done just that.

Empowering midwives

Fikanayo won’t accept a future where women don’t have healthcare. She’s using books to educate the next generation of nurses and midwives.

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Breaking the cycle of poverty

Rita never got to go to school – so she can’t read or write. But with the help of books you help to send, she’s helping her daughter Mary build a brighter future.

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