Book Aid International
Book Aid International knows that books change lives. The charity works in partnership with libraries in Africa providing new books, resources and training to support an environment in which reading for pleasure, study and lifelong learning can flourish.
For 60 years, the charity has worked with partners in some of the world's poorest countries to support literacy, education and development by improving access to books. This work is practical, effective and empowering.
In some parts of Africa, up to 80 percent of the population is illiterate. In schools, 12 or more children may share one old, outdated textbook, while some schools operate with no books at all. Many, many children do not progress beyond primary school, and young people cannot access the books they need to prepare for adulthood. A library is often the only place to find a book, but many library services, schools and universities - even national libraries - still cannot afford to buy them.
Book Aid International supports libraries in schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, slums, prisons, refugee camps, cities and rural communities. Time and again our partners tell us what an enormous difference the work we do makes to the people who use their services.
With support from players of People's Postcode Lottery, Book Aid will be able to work on transforming the library services of children in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as empower young people to change their own lives and those in their communities.
Book Aid International supporter Joanna Lumley says, "In building a road out of poverty, it's impossible to measure just how powerful a tool a book can be. I support Book Aid International because I am inspired by the vital work they do."