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Girls Empowered By E-Books In Africa’s Biggest Slum

May 29, 2015 By

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Since 2010, Worldreader launched 92 digital reading initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa. Most of these projects have been launched in partnership with other nonprofits or organizations making a lasting change in their communities. One new digital reading initiative with the Kibera School for Girls (KSG), still has us reeling with excitement. Odede and his dream Odede … Continue Reading →

World Book Day: Libraries Thrive with E-Books

April 23, 2015 By

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  While we celebrate the life-changing power of books everyday at Worldreader, today is extra special. Why? Because we’ve just released a new, ground-breaking report that shows the effects of digital books in libraries! At the start of 2014 Worldreader embarked on an ambitious partnership with the Kenya National Library Service (KNLS), the Bill & Melinda … Continue Reading →

E-Reading Grows in Uganda

March 27, 2015 By

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Community-led and locally-owned initiatives are what make Worldreader e-reading programs sustainable. It is especially important to have the community’s support behind the e-reading programs, to ensure students have the resources and encouragement they need to excel. Such was the case with a new Worldreader partner, Yamba Abaana, an organization that worked to establish a Worldreader … Continue Reading →

E-Books Against Ebola

March 19, 2015 By

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Did you know that Ebola survivors become immune to the virus, turning them into excellent caregivers in Ebola clinics? Neither did I before starting to compile a series of Ebola books for Worldreader Mobile. The latest outbreak in West Africa has been the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the virus was discovered in … Continue Reading →

How Books Empower Women

March 6, 2015 By

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International Women’s Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the economic, political and social achievements of women, and to look towards a future where gender equality is the norm across the globe. A key part of ensuring this equality is guaranteeing girls’ and women’s access to education. This is not just a basic … Continue Reading →

E-Reading in Ghana: How far we’ve come

March 4, 2015 By

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The inauguration day finally came at the Kade SDA and Kade Islamic School. The entire Kade community was present to welcome their new library of digital books, a community brought together by their shared hope for a good future and commitment to providing their children with access to reading. Lots of reading– 10,000 e-books worth, … Continue Reading →

Humble Bundle Impacts Literacy in Ghanaian Schools

July 30, 2014 By

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Late in 2013, Humble Bundle came to us with some exciting news. They were set to sell a bundle of e-books and we were one of the benefitting charities. We were extremely flattered, but didn’t yet know exactly what to expect, partly because what they are doing is just so innovative. Humble Bundle assembles bundles … Continue Reading →

South Africa Makes An Impact Through Digital Publishing

March 10, 2014 By

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By Dana Swenson Worldreader would like to give a warm welcome to a new set of independent publishing houses from South Africa who are breaking the mold and diving into the world of digital publishing. Obstacles such as a lack of financial sustainability and low literacy levels throughout South Africa have made it impossible for … Continue Reading →

One Partner’s Impact: Inspire Kids and Keep Kindles Safe

March 18, 2013 By

Kids love their cases and e-readers. Joseph Botwey, Worldreader's operations manager in Ghana, shows off how one student made them her own.

By Tina Tam One of my first memories of a Worldreader project was when I assisted our Ghana Operations Manager Joseph in the iREAD classrooms two years ago. Cheerful students lined up to show us their e-readers for an inventory check. I was impressed by not only the children’s proficiencies with their e-readers, but also … Continue Reading →

E-books for Twenty Schools in Kenya. Count ‘em: 20!

February 25, 2013 By

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  What an incredible two weeks at Worldreader! We’ve got a new e-reader program in Ghana impacting 1800 children and families. We’ve also launched a new program in Nairobi, Kenya, changing the lives of 500 children. And today we’re thrilled to share with you that in partnership with the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International sponsored by USAID, we’ve … Continue Reading →