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Read to Kids ~ Especially, Impoverished and Refugee Kids

WorldReader ~ Literacy I’ve written about WorldReader before and taking that last link will show you a number of past posts about this critically important organization (plus you’ll see this post, since I tag all my posts and, the Top Tags widget {down a bit on the left} is the Best Way to find stuff on this blog...) [if you’re on a phone, find something like “show desktop site” in the menu…]

One of WorldReader’s main tenets is:

“A generation of children are waiting to become scientists, doctors, engineers, teachers. We help them reach their potential through reading.”

And, since 2010, they’ve reached nearly 5,500,000 children with their programs.

They’ve recently been working hard on a new Initiative, Read to Kids:

“Read to Kids is promoting reading to children amongst parents and caregivers in Delhi, India. It is a two year pilot in Delhi State in India that seeks to promote pre-literacy skills by encouraging parents to read to and with their young children (age 0-6) and by empowering them to do so by giving them access to a free digital library of high quality, locally relevant books and educational materials via their mobile phones.”

WorldReader ~ Literacy However, under the banner, We’re Expanding ‘Read To Kids’ To Empower Syrian Refugees, they say:

“Children are the most vulnerable victims of the Syrian Refugee crisis. And while host countries like Jordan are taking generous measures to improve access to education for these children, many are at risk of being left behind.

“At Worldreader we believe every child should be able to benefit from the power of reading. That’s why we are proud to announce that we are building on the success of our Read to Kids program in India by expanding it to conflict-impacted families in Jordan.”

It’s easy to encourage folks, who are able, to Donate to WorldReader; but, I hope this post and the videos below will encourage you to share this information about how WorldReader is taking the Empowering Act of Reading to the most needy families and children on our planet…

And, in case you wonder if most folks would really read on Mobile devices:

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Do You Know about #GivingTuesday ?

#GivingTuesday “Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized [nearly global] shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.”

Staying with the themes of this blog, you might consider this initiative at WorldReader:

Why Are There Still So Many People Who Don’t Have Books to Read?

Many organizations and individuals work very hard to get books to those who have none… worldreader

One individual is linked-to in the left side-bar—his organization is called GoneReadingyou can buy really cool gifts for readers; yet, they give “100% of after-tax profits to fund reading-related charities…”.

I have an interview with the founder of GoneReading.

Another organization I’ve written about is WorldReader (here are the posts I’ve done about them…).

Here’s just a bit of explanation of what WorldReader does:

Literacy is transformative

It increases earning potential, decreases inequality, improves health outcomes and breaks the cycle of poverty. Books are necessary for the development of literacy skills yet millions of people still have limited access to books.

We’re changing this.

WorldReader does its work by supplying folks with e-readers stocked with books appropriate for their age and culture

Plus, today on TechCrunch, there was an article involving WorldReader called, Amazon Launches the Kindle Reading Fund to Expand Digital Reading Around the World.

Do read the full article to find out how broadly Amazon‘s initiative reaches; but, here’s an excerpt about their affiliation with WorldReader:

“The company says its new collaboration with Worldreader will see Amazon donating thousands of Kindle e-readers to developing nations. The two have worked together previously, however. For example, Amazon recently supported Worldreader’s LEAP 2.0 library partnership in Kenya, which reaches around 500,000 people by bringing digital reading to 61 libraries in the country.”

It’s been said there are one billion people on our planet with no access to books

If you want to be inspired to do something about this, watch these two videos

This one was done in association with Kindle:


This one is from WorldReader, directly:

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Helping Others Receive The Gift of Reading . . .


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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Who’s Reading Books On All Those Mobile Devices?

Far from what most of us call civilization, a young girl is standing in the forest near her village. Reading In The Mobile Era

In her hand is a mobile phone.

She’s reading a book

This is happening in our world and there’s an organization working very hard to make it happen more often.

Worldreader is that organization and I’ve blogged here before about them

Recently, they teamed up with Nokia and UNESCO to produce a REPORT about the question, Can mobile phones reduce illiteracy rates?”.

Here are a few facts from that report:

  1. It’s enjoyable: Over 60% of people said they enjoy reading on their cell phones and want to read more.
  2. It’s a great tool for gender equality: Among the estimated 750 million illiterate adults in the world today, nearly two-thirds are women. On our app, more men are reading than women, but women, once they get their hands on a mobile phone, read 6 times more than men.
  3. It’s helping create a culture of reading to be passed along to future generations: One out of every three people surveyed are actively reading to children on their cell phones.

Find out more about how Worldreader uses mobile tech to address illiteracy.

Read what Forbes has to say about it.

Check out the phenomenon of turning dumbphones into smartphones.

And, here’s a link to DONATE to Worldreader

Now, sit back and relax and watch a video about it all :-)

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