The Books for Learning program has been operating since 2011, when 5000 literacy packs were distributed across the Mid North Coast and Hunter regions of New South Wales.
The program has expanded year by year and we are delighted to report that 2015 alone saw the distribution of over 300,000 books.
Reading and being read to is crucial to a child’s development and we have delivered books to some of the most remote communities in Australia where access to books is often not available.
This would not be possible without the generous donations of our supporters and the work of community partners on the ground.
When our warehouse tenancy was lost at the end of 2015, a massive distribution of books commenced and many Indigenous community groups were among the recipients. Aboriginal Literacy Foundation books went towards the establishment of a library at the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School and the libraries at our Homework Clubs in Bachhus Marsh and Ballarat were also replenished.
Due to our current situation, the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation will be unable to accept further book donations until a long term storage solution can be secured.
We are exploring several avenues and look forward to re-commencing this important work later in the year.
The pause allows us to reflect on what has been a hugely successful program which has improved the lives of thousands of Indigenous children around Australia. We thank all those who have made contributions and also the many volunteers who have helped sort books by the pallet load.