Project #12457

Give 5000 ebooks to 150 kids in sub-Saharan Africa



Children everywhere should have access to any book they want or need, so they can improve their lives, just as is true here in America. But 200 million kids in Africa live in areas where access to books is non-existent or completely insufficient. Schools are overflowing, but classroom, libraries, and homes are empty of printed books. Using e-readers loaded with thousands of American, European, and African e-books, we give kids the life-changing ideas needed to transform their lives.
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200 million kids in Africa live in areas where access to books is non-existent or completely insufficient. Schools are overflowing, but 50% of schools in sub-Saharan Africa have few, or no books at all, and only 1 in 19 countries in Africa have enough books in schools (sources: World Bank, UNESCO). Imagine a grade school classroom with 100 kids, and only the teacher has a book. Worldreader uses low-cost, portable, durable, easily-charged ereaders to put thousands of books in the hands of kids.


Our mission is to provide 1 million kids in the developing world with the books they need by 2015. We use e-readers, loaded with thousands of local and international e-books, to provide children what may be their only access to textbooks, and storybooks. It's working: to-date, we have reached 3,000 kids with over 200,000 e-books, across six countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Those children now read more, read better, and are improving their communities. This project will reach 1 new classroom.

Long-Term Impact

A dramatic increase in children's access to books: Students averaged owning 107 books each versus an average of only 3.6 books owned per student before e-readers Increased performance on standardized test scores: Reading scores of primary school students who received e-readers increased from +12.9% to +15.7% Increased enthusiasm towards reading: Students averaged 1 additional download per every 2 books provided Increased resources for teachers: Teachers reported efficiency improvement

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


How as little as $10,000 can fund a classroom
The problem that we are trying to solve
How we measure the impact of our programs
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Organization Information

Location: Seattle, Washington - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Neil Johnston
Development Director
Seattle, WA United States

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