Monday, October 3, 2011

Literacy Orgs I Love: Book Wish Foundation

I am a book lover, therefore I must be a passionate advocate for literacy for all. My current literary obsession is books about people doing amazing things for other people, basic human kindness. These books have given me tips on things I can do to help others besides donating money and I think one of the ways that I could possibly make a small impact is by highlighting literacy non-profits. I found some that I had never heard of before so maybe you will discover a new one that you want to donate your time/money to, but regardless all of these organizations are dedicated to spreading the love of books and education to all and who wouldn't support that? This will be a monthly post

1st up

Book Wish Foundation!

Image and excerpt from summary taken from

Book Wish Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity providing high-impact reading aid for people in crisis, with a current focus on refugees from Darfur and AIDS orphans in Ghana. We give some of the world's neediest readers the books they wish for, taking requests for specific titles and subjects. This helps ensure the books will be matched to the needs of the readers, and appropriate for their reading level and culture. We typically do not accept generic book donations from the public because they do not match the requests we receive. We do not hold book drives. The books that are most useful in a refugee camp might not be best-sellers in New York.

The populations we aid have very limited resources and are facing immense challenges for the foreseeable future. For them, books can play an especially large role in education, mental health, and job training. We search for the readers who will get the most out of our books because they have so little to begin with.

Maximizing the impact of books also means maximizing the number of readers, so we will provide reading glasses, vision screenings, support for literacy programs, solar-rechargeable lighting where there is no electricity, or any other aid that can effectively increase the audience for our books

I first discovered Book Wish Foundation when I was perusing the Penguin Fall 2011 releases newsletter. Actually the name of the organization didn't really register but I loved the idea behind the book that BookWish was working with Penguin and Better World Books. That book is What You Wish For: A Book for Darfur by various authors including Sofia Quintero, Nikki Giovanni, Francisco Stork, John Green, Ann Martin and Alexander McCall Smith.

Proceeds from the book go to building libraries in refugee camps for those from Darfur set in Chad. I pre-ordered the book from Better World Books so that 100% of the proceeds would go to the UN Refugee Agency. The book is now out but that doesn't many sales from the book won't go towards the building of libraries for Darfur refugees. I'm not sure how much of the proceeds though. It is advertised as YA but the stories seem to be a bit young. I'm not finished yet so they may get more mature, regardless they are lovely stories, not too dark but not pure sugar-coated happiness either.

Finally be sure you check out Book Wish Foundation's list of action tips you can do in 1 minute (and no donating is not the only tip on the list)!