In refugee camps, books are never easy to find
Right now, more people are displaced from their homes than ever before.
Every day, more and more families arrive in refugee camps worldwide, often with only the clothes they are wearing and the few possessions they have been able to carry.
For those families, the value of books cannot be overstated.
A non-fiction book can help children hold on to their potential, or can help adults believe the life they have always wanted is still within reach. A story book can help whole families escape the trauma of the journey they have endured together.
So we’re more determined than ever to reach more refugees – and especially women and girls, who face the greatest barriers to reading and learning.
How we reach refugees
We’re already working with partners across Africa, Europe and the Middle East to offer thousands of people who have fled conflicts the chance to read and learn.
In Greece, our partners create safe spaces where refugees can take time away from the stresses of camp life, and our books give people the chance to learn and take time for themselves. Since 2016, we’ve provided 35,036 books to refugees in Greece.
We also support refugees sheltering in Africa. In Kenya’s Kakuma camp, where it’s not unusual for a teacher to teach 100 pupils with only a few tattered textbooks, we’ve provided enough brand new books to help 25,000 young people get the quality education they are entitled to through our Reading for All programme.
In Uganda, in 2021 alone we provided thousands of books to four refugee camps, three secondary schools, one community library and eight education centres. The country is home to more refugees than anywhere else in Africa – and we’re determined to give more people who have fled home the chance to read and keep learning.
And, in Cameroon, our portable Discovery Book Boxes help children learn, wherever they are.
Refugees with new school libraries since 2018
Refugee teachers trained since 2018
Refugee school libraries opened since 2018
Refugee camps and settings supported last year
Our refugee projects
Yvonne shares her story of how she used books to succeed in school, support her fellow refugees and is now hoping for a brighter future.
Habiba fled Afghanistan alone with her two children. Now books are helping her build a new future.
Jocknus supports people fleeing war in South Sudan. He told us about what books mean for the youngest refugees.