Why Send Books?

altInternational BookSmart Foundation was founded as a response to the crisis in the libraries that was seen first hand by our Founder, Mr. Robert J. Brown. In the township of Soweto, the main library only had a handful of well worn books to service the needs of over 3 million residents.

As the Foundation continued to send books, we became aware of the overwhelming impact that these books were having in the lives of those who now had access. Children became more literate, families became better educated and the community began to experience a surge in economic power through the empowerment of its residents.

By providing these children an opportunity to have access to a full education, we are working towards ending the cycle of poverty and providing a better quality of life. Books and the education they contain are a great equalizer in the disparities faced by so many children in Africa. It is not unusual to see up to 20 children sharing a single text book in some of the rural schools we target. The need for books is so great that we receive countless requests for book donations from schools all over continent of Africa.

Although the books that we send are mostly second hand, the knowledge and potential that is contained within their covers, lose none of their relevancy or power. Books that would have normally been burned or used as landfill, now serve a greater purpose, providing an opportunity for education to the children of the world.

Literacy & Education Drives Nation Building

Education yields human, political, social, and economic benefits. Because each of these benefits is essential to the progress of human rights, education should be regarded as a fundamental human right, because it spurs economic development, reduces poverty, and enhances the quality of life for all those it reaches.
  • Economic GrowthEducation achieves economic development by creating a more skilled and employable populace.
  • Poverty ReductionLiteracy and education strengthens the capabilities of individuals to access primary health care, political, and economic opportunities.
  • Enhanced Democratization Those who are educated defend and demand their legal rights and are harder to oppress and take advantage of compared to illiterate citizens. Educated people participate more actively in their community, have more progressive attitudes towards democracy, and are more likely to vote.
  • Improved HealthImproved literacy levels increases life expectancy, reduces child mortality, and contributes to a better standard of living.