Book Aid International today announced a major new award from players of People's Postcode Lottery. Players will provide £175,000 towards Book Aid International's work in partnership with libraries in Africa to support literacy and development in the region.
Alison Hubert, Director of Book Aid International, said, "Book Aid International will be even more ambitious in our work to transform library services for children in sub-Saharan Africathanks to this generous support from players of People's Postcode Lottery. In a region where so many children live below the poverty line and literacy levels are amongst the lowest in the world, this work is of vital importance to empower young people to build better futures for themselves and their communities.
"We look forward to seeing the impact in Africa of the support of players over the coming years. Thank you to players of People's Postcode Lottery!"
Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery Clara Govier said, "We had the privilege of being able to see Book Aid International's work in action in Blantyre, Malawi with its partner, the Malawi National Library Service. We were so struck by the enthusiasm of children for the new Children's Corner; they really were thrilled that the library had this fabulous new space for them. It was a bright airy room, filled with murals, children's furniture and of course, hundreds of brand new books from the UK - all made possible by Book Aid International. The charity's work is so obviously practical and empowering. It really changes lives in Africa."
Book Aid International will be prioritising its programme of improving children's services across sub-Saharan Africa with the support from players of People's Postcode Lottery. Five libraries in Malawi have already been identified as being amongst the next to benefit from new Children's Corners, which Book Aid International has already successfully established with local partners in Uganda, Tanzania, Cameroon and Kenya.
The award from players of People's Postcode Lottery was announced at an event this week to mark the charity's 60th anniversary. The evening, which was hosted by the publishing company Pearson, recognised the contribution that publishers, volunteers, funders and donors make towards the charity's work.