Every year, players of People's Postcode Lottery help Book Aid International send over a million brand new books to libraries in communities around the world where people would otherwise have very few opportunities to read. The charity also runs programmes which help libraries enrich the services they offer. Together, the books and support provided by the charity creates places around the world where reading and learning can flourish. To date, players have donated £900,000 to support the charity's work.
Inspiring Readers is one of the programmes players have made possible. The programme helps creates small libraries in primary schools where pupils would otherwise only have a few textbooks and no other books at all. The books expand children's horizons and help them become confident readers.
Lydia is the head teacher of a Kenyan primary school in Rumuruti. Forty percent of her pupils have been orphaned by conflict between local tribes, so their need is great. She has seen her students change thanks to Inspiring Readers. Lydia said, "The books are of great help to these children. As they read, they become inspired that tomorrow, there is a future. Their reading and writing is getting so much better."
Inspiring Readers is also changing lives even outside of school. In another Kenyan school in the isolated rural village of Chesengoch, local adults who are illiterate or semi-illiterate are now using the Inspiring Readers books provided to learn to read.
Joseph explained what the books mean for him. "If the books were not here, we would not be learning. Our teacher has no other materials to teach us. I would like to complete a distance learning course through this adult education, then I will be able to teach other people."
Support from players helps Book Aid International create places where literacy and learning thrive in vulnerable communities like Rumuruti and Chesengoch. This International Literacy Day on 8th September, the charity is asking players to join the global celebration of how literacy changes lives.
Book Aid International will mark the occasion by sharing stories, quotes, images, and videos from libraries, teachers, and readers around the world. The charity would love players to join in, sharing images of themselves reading in libraries, homes, schools, or even outside on social media using the hashtag #LiteracyThrives. To find out more, visit the Book Aid International website.