“Books are rare in Cameroon, especially current and high quality books like those which Book Aid International supplies. The meticulousness of Book Aid International’s book selection ensures that what is sent fits the needs of the end user not only in terms of quality but also in terms of relevance to academic and social context, thus giving them a life changing experience.” Andrew Nyenty, Executive Director, Education Information Services International (EISERVI), Cameroon.
What wonderful praise to receive from one of our partners! It’s thanks to the generosity of publishers that we can send useful, relevant books to our partners in Africa. Publishers donate the vast majority of the books which we send to our partners and without them, we couldn’t do the work we do.
One such publisher, from whom we have been delighted to receive books in the last year, is Globe Law and Business. The books they donate focus on business and specific areas of law such as banking and finance, intellectual property, dispute resolution, commercial, insolvency/restructuring and energy in particular. Their customers are based all over the world – from the UK to the Americas, Africa and Asia and their publishing reflects this. This means that thanks to Globe Law and Business’ donations, we are able to supply our partners in sub-Saharan Africa with books on topics truly relevant to their country and circumstances.
Globe Law and Business’s books are of use not only to professionals but also higher education students and are therefore in high demand by all our partners for a broad cross section of libraries – from university, public and community libraries to libraries in refugee camps and prisons where readers use them for study, professional development and for reference in their work.
EISERVI, a Cameroonian NGO works in all ten regions of the country and is committed to maximising access to education and information and supports community and council libraries, and libraries in schools, orphanages and prisons throughout the country. They work to ensure that the books, like those donated by Globe Law and Business, are distributed to the libraries where they will be most valued, including Nkum Council Library. This library has proved invaluable to Yaya Yakubo Gouwan, 42, the Municipal Treasurer of Jakiri Council in the development of his career. Yaya found that a lot was changing in his field of work. To keep up with these changes, he decided to undertake a distance-learning BSC programme, borrowing books from Nkum Council Library to help with his studies and course work. He successfully completed his BSC and is now studying for his Masters degree. This wouldn’t have been possible without the well-stocked library in Nkum:
“I travel every weekend to Nkum to read, and do my research and borrow new books. The library is fantastic, having just the right type of books one needs to take on any challenging course in the world. It is a jewel for the people of this area and I am a beneficiary of this excellence.”
Thank you to all the publishers who support our work.