Notes from An Alien

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Helping Others Receive The Gift of Reading . . .


Worldreader

Image from the Worldreader Site

Have you ever given a book away?

Has anyone who received a book from you been deeply grateful?

Has that person ever been someone who has no books of their own?

Have you ever wanted to help improve the literacy of others?

Consider these words from a past post:

“Many are the stories of people raised in poverty who somehow got their hands on certain books that changed their lives and helped them free themselves from social squalor.”

Consider these statistics:

1 in 5 people in the world are illiterate, 2/3 being women.

That’s nearly 1.5 billion people—most of them women…

A recent article from CNN about an organization working hard to increase literacy says, in part:

“For years, nonprofits, churches and donors have sent shipment after shipment of books to poor African villages in hopes of boosting literacy. But according to Colin McElwee, who founded Worldreader in 2010 with David Risher, there’s a better way.

“‘Donating paper books to a place like Africa is well-intentioned, but it’s actually ill-informed’, McElwee said. ‘You can’t actually get the right books to the people you want to get to, at the time they need it. It’s very expensive and highly inefficient.””

“…e-readers give students access to a much greater variety of titles than they had access to without the devices.”

“…Veronica Adhiambo, 8, says she loves her Kindle because it’s so light compared with the heavy books she used to carry to and from school. When she gets home, she often shares the device with her friends and family so they too can read.”

“Worldreader tailors the contents of each e-reader to the needs of specific schools and classes. McElwee says he’s in constant communication with the schools, collecting and tracking data to learn what works and what doesn’t. As McElwee sees it, it’s not enough to just provide books; they must provide books that students want to read.”

I’ve written about Worldreader before:

E-Readers Can Be A Saving Grace . . .

Can Learning To Read Save Lives?

Who’s Reading Books On All Those Mobile Devices?

Check out the various programs of Worldreader—see if you can help…
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