Book Aid International has been given a £500,000 donation from a grant-giving trust funded by People’s Postcode Lottery players.
The Postcode African Trust’s latest grant will be used to send books to people around the world, particularly those in areas of conflict.
It also brings the total the charity has received from People’s Postcode Lottery players to date up to £1.85m. So far, money has supported more than 24,000 children in classrooms at Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp with books and provided 30 portable boxes filled with reading material to children fleeing violence in Cameroon.
Book Aid International now plans to launch new programmes in Ghana, The Gambia and Sierra Leone.
Chairman Lord Paul Boateng said: “Cameroon is in the midst of a widely ignored but deadly conflict. Our local partners are facing real hardship – book distribution is extremely difficult. Charities like ours working in conflict conditions require patient funders – funders like players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Players understand these challenges and enable us to supply books in extreme situations like those that currently exist in Cameroon.”