The Story
Behind The Book
Drive Campaign


How We Started

In August 2011, we partnered with a Community-Based Organization in the slums of Ajegunle, Lagos State to teach about 150 young people like Sarah, Francisca, Kola, Isaac and their peers, soft skills.
They were eager to learn and desired to read books that will help them acquire more skills, but they did not have the resources to buy or access books.
We gave the young people ‘Rage For Change’ by LEAP Africa, and 15-year-old Sarah started an initiative called ‘Eagle Wings Club’, focused on encouraging young girls to read. Sarah has been one of our volunteer implementing partners since 2011 and in 2021 set up the 35th Reading Corner in Alakoto Nursery and Primary School in Ajegunle, Lagos State.
This project made us realize that there was a dearth or famine of books. As a result of ‘the book famine’ according to the World Literacy Foundation; 9 out of 10 children in public/community schools in Africa cannot read.

Our Solution

We decided to start giving books to underserved children who want to read, but do not have access to books, set up Reading Corners or donate books to public/community school libraries. However, from 2011 to 2020, we only succeeded in setting up 12 Reading Corners and donated 33,488 books.
Then, in 2020, Covid-19 Pandemic made children in public schools, lose 6 months of schooling making the situation worse. According to a simulation exercise by Belafi and Kaffenberger, without any forms of remediation, a 6-month school closure, as was the case with Nigeria, will result in an average loss of 1.4 years’ worth of learning for the current cohort of primary school students. Although, with some remediation, this learning loss only reduces slightly to 1 year. On the other hand, they also show that an intervention focused on long-term reorientation of the education system will lead to a learning gain of about 7 months, generating learning recovery and further gain.


Our Progress So Far...


What Can You Do?


VOLUNTEER to read to the children in the existing Reading Corners in PortHarcourt and across Nigeria.


Become a Book Drive Campaign AMBASSADOR and support us by creating awareness about the project on social media.


Become a DONOR and donate cash to buy books, a bookshelf or set up a Reading Corner.

Who Would You Be Helping?

Primary school children in underserved communities, public schools and orphanage homes in the 36 States of Nigeria and the capital Abuja who do not have access to books. Children like Ashon, Khalid, Preye, Onome, Yemi and their peers who live in underserved communities across Nigeria have received their first personal storybooks. They currently have access to books that will give them hope for a bright future and change their lives, because of the Reading Corners we have set up in their schools and communities.

Feedback from our volunteers and beneficiaries