Books and libraries are a crucial resource in sub-Saharan Africa. They are vital for quality education; they raise literacy levels, provide information and underpin development.
A member of our Committee, Maria Centrone, is fundraising for Book Aid International – a great organisation that works in partnership with libraries in Africa providing books, resources and training to support an environment in which reading for pleasure, study and lifelong learning can flourish.
Their 2014-2016 programme strategy focuses on:
- Children’s services: they aim to increase the number of Children’s Corners in their partner public and community libraries and to train librarians to encourage reading through a range of services and activities. This charity donates over 150,000 books every year to school libraries.
- Health information services: Book Aid International receives high quality medical books from UK publishers and they seek to place them in Health hubs in public libraries, medical referral hospitals or nursing and
- Higher education: This sector is rapidly growing in Africa. Book Aid is supporting the newer institutions most in need of support with collection development.
If you would like to know more about Book Aid International, visit their website: http://www.bookaid.org/
Don’t forget to check out their networking newsletter http://www.bookaid.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Booklinks-Issue-17_FINAL.pdf and the ‘Bringing Books to Life’ series http://www.bookaid.org/our-work/publications-2/bringing-books-to-life/
Maria’s primary fundraising activity is to raise sponsorship for a 9-day trek in the Bwindi ‘Impenetrable Forest’ in Uganda in October. If you want to read more about her challenge and would like to support this very worthy cause, please visit her just giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/Maria-Centrone/
Or you can text the code BOOK76 and the amount you would like to sponsor (up to £10) to 70070
Many thanks for your support