Books for refugees

More people are displaced around the world than ever before, and thousands of families can remain stranded in refugee camps for years, for lifetimes, even for generations.

Refugee camps, which are initially intended to be temporary, often lack basic educational facilities such as schools and libraries. But with thousands of people spending years of their lives within camps, the provision of libraries and reading resources is vital. Without them, children can grow up in camps unable to read and without the skills to build their lives outside of the camp.

Providing books to refugee camps

Book Aid International currently provides brand new books, donated by publishers, to two refugee camps in Kenya – Kakuma and Dadaab.

Dadaab refugee camp, in Garissa Province, Kenya was started in 1992 and is estimated to be the largest refugee camp in the world, with a population of around 320,000 people.

Kakuma refugee camp in Turkana Province, Kenya was established in 1991 and has an estimated population of around 180,000 people.

Windle Trust provides education facilities for refugees in these two camps. Since 2000, Book Aid International has been proud to support their libraries with book donations, having sent a total of 70,861 new books to these camps. These books, ranging from picture books for the children to university level textbooks for students, are literally a lifeline for many people.

Most of the library visitors – from young children to mature students – have no access to books and reading material anywhere else in the camp and the new library provides a rare, reliable and accessible source of reading and learning materials.

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