Founded in 1954 and based in London, Book Aid International provides brand-new books to communities worldwide where people would otherwise have few books, or no books at all. Last year, those books reached 13.1 million readers in 26 countries across sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Each book the charity send is carefully selected in response to partner requests to ensure books meet communities’ needs, and the charity sends more than a million books a year to public and community libraries, as well as to libraries and other reading spaces in prisons, hospitals, schools, universities and refugee camps. In many cases, Book Aid International’s donation will form the basis of a community’s first reading space. In other cases, the charity works with its network of partners to ensure books reach readers, providing book-box libraries, supporting existing mobile libraries and even converting shipping containers.
This grant will specifically go towards their Generation Reader campaign, which aims to reach 10 million children in Africa by 2030.