The Ranfurly Library Service was founded in 1954 by the Countess of Ranfurly, to respond to a serious shortage of books in schools and colleges in the English-speaking world immediately after the Second World War. It became Book Aid International in 1994. Today, over 30 million books have been distributed to schools, colleges, community libraries, refugee camps and prisons across the world, and have touched the lives of an estimated 150 million readers of all ages.
Their incredibly important work in promoting literacy throughout the world. I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to work in conjunction with BookAid over the past few years, and the passion and dedication of their staff and volunteers is very admirable. With projects such as community libraries and children's corners for some of the poorest and most remote communities of the world, BookAid is making a real, tangible difference to people's lives by promoting literacy and education for all.
Find out more and get involved!
You can find out more about the work of BookAid International on their website here. As a charity, BookAid International rely on the generosity of supporters, and there are a number of ways to donate. An interesting concept is their 'Reverse Book Club', where subscribers pay £6 per month for three books to be distributed to an area in need. Find out more about the Reverse Book Club and donating to BookAid International here.
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