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"I would hurl words into the darkness and wait for an echo. If an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight." Richard Wright, American Hunger

Changing the World One Book at a Time

A week ago, I became excited at the prospect of our children becoming engaged in reading because of the e-book revolution. I posted it here.

Now I found something even more exciting. While I compete with my sons for my Kindle, how about ensuring that children who live far away from libraries, who can’t afford to buy tree-books (even if they live near a bookstore), who haven’t in the past had an option to grow up reading, have a sustainable way to do so?

This is the vision of Worldreader, a non profit whose mission is “to put a library of books into the hands of children and families in the developing world with e-reader technology“.

It is an exciting prospect that we can end global illiteracy through a sustainable technology.

Books and the ideas in them engage minds and create opportunity, but only for the few. Families and schools in the developing world have access to vanishingly little written material. Worldreader aims to put a library of digital books in the hands of every family.

For more on the organization and how to help, please check out this interview with CNN’s Ali Velshi.


Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com


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