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Book Aid Project

WIT Book Aid Project

"When you give someone a book, you don’t just give paper, ink and glue.
You give the possibility of a whole new life"

Christopher Morley (1890 – 1957, US writer)

WIT Book Aid Project

2001/2002 - 2014: 8 shipments totalling 8,500 books collected and donated.

Books, donated by WIT students and staff, were sent to Africa to stock libraries and support reading and access to education.

WIT Meitheal provided minor financial assistance to the WIT Book Aid Project. Book Aid

The WIT Book Aid Project was initiated by the Chaplaincy Office in conjunction with WIT Meitheal Group and WIT Libraries in 2001/2002.

Second-hand textbooks in good condition were donated by WIT students and staff.

In the first 5 years of the project over 3,000 books were collected.

In 2007 Book Aid International http://www.bookaid.org/ were no longer accepting second-hand books as they were receiving so many new textbooks from publishers.

WIT Book Aid Project then partnered with READ International - http://readinternational.or.tz/ Our first shipment to Read International of over 800 books took place in 2008 and again in 2010 over 800 books were collected. In 2012 900 books were collected and headed for READ International on World Book Day (1st March 2012).

In April 2013 the 7th shipment of donated books departed WIT. Read International

In 2014 Better World Books announced they would only be accepting donations through their Book Bins located in the UK. The 260 books already donated were collected by Better World Books and the monies raised were donated to READ International.

The support of MacTrans, a local transport company, must also be acknowledged as the company provided free shipping of the donated books from WIT to the Book Aid International / READ International depots in the UK.

Article

WIT Books for Africa – 10 Years A-Growing’ published in SCONUL Focus 57  
http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/15_11.pdf

News

WIT Libraries: News
http://library.wit.ie/news/2013/04/16/book-aid-wits-7th-shipment-departs/