Worldreader, a global non-profit headquartered in San Francisco, is about books, technology, reading and literacy. Their mission is to unlock the potential of millions of people through the use of digital books in places where access to reading materials is very limited.
“Digital reading has been shown to increase library patronage threefold, highlighting the relevance of libraries in the information age,” said Zev Lowe, Senior Director of Research, Worldreader. “We’re immensely grateful to Passports with Purpose and its community of travel bloggers for helping us expand our work through libraries in Kenya, which will benefit entire communities by allowing them to access life-changing information.”
Building off a successful Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded pilot for the use of e-readers in libraries in Kenya, the funds raised from Passports with Purpose (PwP) for Worldreader will bring digital reading to an additional five libraries in western Kenya. Each library will receive 50 Kindle e-readers, comprising of English and Swahili fiction and non-fiction for all ages, as well as Kenyan textbooks – providing an estimated 6,250 children, teachers and parents with access to more than 50,000 books.
In 2014, over 2,200 donors, publishers, authors, foundations, and other supporters, achieved three results with Worldreader:
- Added over 1 million new readers, passing 2.6 million students, library patrons, and parents who are reading books to create a better future for themselves.
- Spent over 4 million hours reading books they found compelling and relevant to their lives. That’s like 53,000 children going to school for 7 hours a day, 180 days of the year, for 12 years.
- Helped Worldreader triple their digital library– it grew from 4,300 to 15,000 titles. If you stacked all of their books and stood on top of the pile, you’d be looking down at the Empire State Building.