Charity information


Help2read is a book-loving non-profit on a mission to erase illiteracy in South Africa. Over the last 10 years, we’ve worked in over 200 schools and helped over 15,000 children learn to read and trained over 160 youth as Community Literacy Tutors.

Founded 2006

  • Mission statement

    Our mission is to develop literacy skills and promote a love of reading in pre-primary and primary school children and their communities so as to enable them to reach their full potential and contribute meaningfully to society.

    Our literacy intervention programmes are run at public primary schools across South Africa, and provide children who struggle to read with one-on-one attention from a volunteer Reading Helper or community Literacy Tutor. Through consistent literacy input, reading help and fun activities, the children that participate in our programmes not only learn to read, they fall in love with it.

  • Aims

    help2read aims to:

    • To overcome poor school performance and high dropout rates as a result of low literacy.
    • To build the employability skills of youth during a year of service as Literacy Tutors.
    • To promote active citizenship among literate adults to pass on their literacy skills to primary school children.
    • To facilitate the creation of educational entrepreneurship opportunities for township youth to establish safe, educational recreational community literacy spaces and promote a love of reading
  • Overview

    Established: February 2006

    Registered Charity Number: 1109567

    Board members: 6

    Full time staff: 13

    Part time staff: 4

    Volunteers: 749

    Phone number: 07444382270

    Address: c/o 1st Floor 65 Margaret Street London W1W 8SP

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