By now, you’ve probably seen us mention Book for Book™ and the fact that each book you purchase from us funds literacy around the world. We partner with talented, passionate nonprofits to make it happen.
Want to get acquainted? Then read on…
(Image courtesy of Books for Africa’s Facebook page.)
The National Center for Family Literacy
NCFL has helped more than a million families make educational and economic progress through family literacy programs. From their website: “It is our goal to not only provide every family with the opportunity to learn, but the ability to learn and grow together. Family literacy ensures the cycle of learning and progress passes from generation to generation.”
Why family literacy rather than just individual improvement? “Our emphasis is on family literacy for a simple reason – study after study shows that family, home and community are the true drivers of a child’s education.” (Website)
Over half of Latin America’s 15-year-olds are functionally illiterate and lack minimal math and science competence. Worldfund strives for the presence of an educational system that meets the needs of the children in the region by focusing on school leadership: namely training and ongoing support for teachers and principals in underserved areas. Since their founding in 2002, they have trained more than 2,600 principals and teachers in Latin American public schools. (Website)
Room to Read
Room to Read focuses on literacy and gender equality in education, operating in Asia and Africa to encourage the habit of reading in primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with life skills needed to succeed. Over 7 million children have benefitted from Room to Read’s programs in the last decade.
Even if you’ve already heard about Room to Read, did you know they started with a vacationing Microsoft executive and about 3,000 books being carried by donkeys? (Website)
The following partners are the primary destinations for our Book for Book™ program:
Books for Africa
As the largest shipper of donated textbooks and library books to the continent, BFA’s stated mission is to end the book famine in Africa. In 2012 alone, they shipped 2.2 million books (valued at $28.3 million) to 22 African countries. To date, they’ve sent over 28 million books to 49 different countries since 1988. Better World Books is proud to be the source of millions of books and millions of dollars in funding to this organization. (Website)
Feed the Children
But why send books to Feed the Children? FTC combats hunger and poverty by addressing basic needs: “food and nutrition, water and sanitation, education and health, and livelihood community development.” Books are included in the backpacks they distribute to homeless students enrolled in public schools as part of their operations inside the U.S.—the packs also include ready-to-eat meals, school supplies, and hygienic items. (Website)
These are by no means the only organizations we work with! If you are part of an organization looking for book donations, let us know at our book donations request page.