During the build-up to World Book Day, we heard from lots of you who were surprised how easy it is to make a difference by supporting Book Aid International.
The idea that it only takes £2 to send a book overseas really seized imaginations – especially when you consider just how it can change a life. Take 14-year-old Rukia, a regular reader at a library we support in north-east Kenya. She told us, “I want to be a doctor when I leave school. My parents died from tuberculosis when I was six. I hope they would be proud of me.”
So now that World Book Day and World Book Night are over, there’s an easy for you to continue supporting literacy in sub-Saharan Africa if you would like to do so: it’s the Reverse Book Club!
For just £6 a month (that’s about the same as three weeks’ Sunday papers), you can send three books, each of which will benefit a community more than you can imagine.
As Michael Palin, a keen supporter of Book Aid International, told us, “One of the things I’ve found on my journeys is the thirst to learn more about the world, and this is one sure way to help people get more out of life. Each and every book sent gets read over and over again – changing thousands of lives.”
If you’re interested, find out more and join the Reverse Book Club.
We just wanted to say a really big thank you to everyone who took part in World Book Day and raised money for Book Aid International.
Over the last week or so we’ve heard so many lovely stories from schools, teachers, librarians and individuals about the amazing things you’ve been doing to celebrate World Book Day (and World Book Night).
Every £2 you gave will send another book to the sub-Saharan countries where we work. And thanks to you, more lives will change.
As World Book Day comes to a close for another year, we’re not really finished with celebrating books just yet. Least of all everyone here at Book Aid International.
So we’re having a World Book Night Party on Saturday 05 March!
We’ve teamed up with Southwark Library Services and World Book Night to present an evening of book-giving, readings, live music, two giant book sculptures and a reading and Q&A session from our special guest Alexander Masters, author of Stuart: A Life Backwards.
And we would love it if you could come along too.
Celebrations start at 5pm and close at 10pm at John Harvard Library, Borough High Street, South London SE1 1JA
Thanks to Southwark Library Services and help from World Book Night you will most probably leave the event with a book in hand, new literary friends and a warm glow from a drink or two and the knowledge that for every £2 you donate throughout the night another book will be put into the hands of someone who really needs it.
Reservations are not necessary but should you need more information please contact Anne Race.