Summary: Worldreader provides e-readers and e-books to schools, libraries, and communities in sub-Saharan Africa where printed books are either not available or prohibitively expensive. Their e-book packages also come with training and technical support. --- Worldreader is a non-profit organization whose mission is to make digital books available to students and their families in the developing world. As of February 2013, Worldreader has distributed 3,000 e-readers with access to over 441,000 e-books across ten e-reader projects in six African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia). Worldreader distributes "Worldreader kits" that contain 50 e-readers, 5,000 e-books, cables, protective shock-resistant polyethyl...
Year of Inception
45 Countries; 438 Schools & Libraries; 488,505 Monthly Readers; 6,488,160 Readers since 2010
Description of Scale and Reach
Worldreader began in 2010 with a pilot project delivering e-readers to a community center in Ayenyah, Ghana. Following this, Worldreader launched its iREAD program in Ghana, as the first pilot study involving the classroom use of e-readers in the developing world. Worldreader then partnered with two organizations to bring Worldreader programs to The Osborne Memorial Libaray in Maai Mahiu, Kenya, and the Upendo School in Tanzania. Worldreader currently operates ten e-reader projects in six countries. In 2012, Worldreader grew by 400%.
Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia