We depend on private donors, foundations and sponsors to cover everything we do and we are committed to transparency.

Since our first book-filled bus set off to Zambia in 2008, hundreds of volunteers and supporters have raised enough to commission six more vehicles which now deliver books and resources to thousands of children in Zambia, Ecuador and Malawi.

Generous donations have also enabled us to launch the “I am a Reader” campaign in Zambia and Malawi in 2017. A strategic four-year project, it will create 10,000 new child readers per year, by 2020.

Your money is improving children’s lives every day

A breakdown of how we spent our money in 2016/17.

A breakdown of how we spent our money in 2016/17.

Running costs and raising funds – 17%

Seventeen pence in every pound allows us to run our office, pay salaries, run the charity, monitor how projects are progressing and raise more money for the future.

Charitable activities – 83% of funding

Some 83% of Book Bus funding in 2016/17 was spent on the activities detailed in our Impact Report and which are making a huge difference to children in Zambia, Malawi and Ecuador.

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More about how we make a difference

1. Book Bus outreach programmes

What?
Creating links with schools and working with them to identify needs.

How?
School surveys, research and development, logistics, monitoring and evaluation.

2. Libraries and reading corners

What?
Working with teachers and local teams, we create creating inspirational reading environments for children.

How?
Renovation and/or adaptation of libraries, schools and homes.

3. Books

What?
We Provide free access to books that are engaging and relevant.

How?
By supplying books to schools, libraries and homes.

4. Teacher training and support

What?
Capacity and skills building for staff, teachers and volunteers.

How?
Professional development, teacher training and reading scheme implementation, training for Book Bus staff, school teachers and recruitment, training and management of volunteer reading mentors.

5. Monitoring and evaluation

What?
Applying processes to measure children’s reading levels and identify their learning needs.

How?
Ongoing survey and analysis of results to determine project success.

6. Securing a sustainable future

What?
Embedding the Book Bus approach within the school system.

How?
By building partnerships with local government and other NGOs within the field of education.

With your help we can continue to change children’s lives through the power of reading

In 2017, we began our four-year “I am a Reader” strategy, which aims to get 10,000 children reading by 2020.

We are determined to rise to the challenge of this ambitious target and by the start of 2018, some 6,400 children in Kitwe, Zambia had already enrolled.

We couldn’t have made such a great start without your amazing support and generosity. Thank you!

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