The CODEP Build on Books Appeal

Over the Summer we were overwhelmed by the generosity of our friends and supporters, who donated 1,500 boxes of books. This meant that we have been able to establish 50 new school libraries in the Lunsar region of Sierra Leone.

We are often asked what type of books do we want?

There is such an acute shortage of books in Sierra Leone that every sort of book is welcome providing that they are:

a) In good condition
b) No pages missing
c) Not ripped

Ideally, we are looking for the following:

• Children’s books, every age, every subject
• Novels
• Reference books, dictionaries, atlases, child health
• Language guides
• Text books, particularly reading schemes and GCSE subject books
• Professional literature – standard books on accountancy, engineering, business marketing, nursing, government administration
• Leisure books – arts and crafts, cookery (every type of cook book possible)knitting, sewing, carpentry, do-it –yourself books.

Since May 2009 the BOB team has sent over 200,000 books to Sierra Leone to give the children of this English speaking West African country a chance to learn and prosper. At the last count, almost 100 schools had been provided with books and furniture and we are continuing to distribute books, on the basis of 2 books per child at a rate of 3 schools a week. Children who have never read a book before now have the opportunity to experience the joy and benefits of reading with a great array of titles to choose from.

Class libraries of 1,500 books offer a choice of classic literature, text books, maths books, science books, reference books, encyclopaedias and picture books and popular fiction all donated by generous book-lovers in the UK. Teachers who have not taught with books before are finding new ways to inspire their pupils and create a love of lifelong learning. Books have also been donated to the teachers’ college and national library.

Further information about our Book Appeals and Sierra Leone can be found on the BOB website.

If you are unable to donate any books but would like to help, please consider making a small donation to help with the transportation costs. If you would like to donate, please go to our Just Giving Page

Thank you.

The Codep and BOB teams

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