Project information

The Book Campaign

To provide 100,000 children's books to set up school libraries in South Africa, giving children from the deprived communities access to books they would like to read. The idea being to develop a love of reading, improving literacy levels and educational attainment.

October 2016 - October 2018

Charity information: Community H.E.A.R.T.

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  • Need


    Most children in South Africa are taught in English, not their mother tongue, therefore to make the most of their education they need to be literate in English. Children from the deprived communities have little or no access to books at home, in their community or at school. The lack of access to books children like to read affects their level of literacy and therefore their ability to succeed at school.


    To provide good quality second hand children's books to schools in South Africa so they can set up school libraries giving students access to books. Engage with parents, children, schools, charches and other organisations in the UK to encourage households to donate good quality children's books they no longer use to the campaign. Where possible encourage publishers with surplus children's books to donate these to the campaign.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide children's books for school libraries in South African deprived communities.


    » Promote the campaign to schools, churches, other organisations and the general public to donate good quality unwanted children's books.
    » Collect, sort and pack children's books in age order for distribution to South African schools.
    » Work with partners in South Africa to ensure permits to exempt the books from VAT and import duty are avaiable at the time of shipping.
    » Load boxes of books in containers to be shipped to South Africa.

    What success will look like

    Success will be to ship and distribute 100,000 children's books to schools in deprived communities in South Africa by2018. Increasing the number of schools with viable libraries.

  • Impact


    The long term aim is to encourage a love of reading in students in the deprived communities in South Africa. This will also have an impact in the medium to long term of raising literacy levels and students educational attainment.

    The success wil be measured in how many viable school libraries can be set up in the deprived communities.


    The success of the project is dependant on having sufficient volunteer support in the UK and well organised partners in South Africa. Community H.E.A.R.T. has a group of long standing volunteers dedicated to the project and we have built up strong relationships with partners in South Africa. We have already distributed 3 million books to schools in South Africa.


    Reporting progress will be through the Community H.E.A.R.T. biannual newsletter and the website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £27,800

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Storage/sorting/packing Rental of unit to sort, pack and store books 2011-2014.
      £7,000 Shipping ship 10 containers and courier legal documents
      £3,000 Transportation van hire and petrol transport books in UK
      £7,000 staffing/volunteering staffing costs for campaign and volunteer out of pocket expenses eg travel April 2011-Dec 2014
      £5,800 Printing, Management and Admin office rent, admin., book pack and part cost of newletters

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    ACTSA Scotland £3,500 Conditional
    Trust Fund £800 Guaranteed
    Regular donors £660 Guaranteed
    Fundraising event £4,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Location - historically deprived communities in South Africa. The majority of the population is still living under the legacy of deprivation of the apartheid era. New schools have been built and text books provided since the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994, but there are still many hurdles for schools in these communities to overcome to raise educational attainment. One of these is providing access to children's books for students which will raise literacy levels.


    Beneficiaries will be the children from the historically deprived communities throughout South Africa. Many of the schools in South Africa have no school library and no access to books. As English is the language of education, it is important that children literate in English (for most a second language).

    School libraries will give children access to books and provide an essential opening to the enjoyment of reading and at the same time raising literacy levels and educational attainment.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Community H.E.A.R.T. has already sent 2.9 million children's books to set up school libraries. We have built up partnerships in South Africa and the UK and have expertise in this work ensuring only good quality books are sent and the campaign is cost effective ie less than 22 pence per book. Our partnersin have also agreed our criteria which means all books sent are used.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Board Of Trustees

    Community H.E.A.R.T. Board of Trustees have been involved in the development and success of the campaign as well as visiting schools.


    Volunteers are and have been essential to the campaign dealing collecting, packing and sorting children's books and loading containers.

    Partners In South Africa

    Our partners in South Africa are essential for the smooth running of the campaign ensuring permits are in order and books are distributed to schools.

Library set up with Community H.E.A.R.T. books

Library set up with Community H.E.A.R.T. books


will pay for 500 children's books