There are 143 Million orphans in the world according to UNICEF. An estimated 15 Million are without either parent. These children are faced with having lost their parents for a multitude of reasons. Although education is offered to children who have found a home in an orphanage, many of orphanages in the poorer, developing nations do not have the resources, expertise, or access to books of interest to children. As a result, the children’s continued interest in learning, desire to grow and succeed, and ability to move upwards is only as large as their immediate experiences.
Through the Bookwallah Book Program, Bookwallah seeks to make a difference by delivering storybooks and chapter books to children who have found a home within an orphanage. We believe children’s lives can change through the power and magic of books by helping them to develop strong values and personal skills to deal with their immediate world and giving them the inspiration and hope through imagination to eventually shape the world around them. Higher literacy, education, and upward mobility are natural outcomes of this program regardless of class, sex, caste, religion, or country of origin.
We select orphanages based on specific criteria and recommendations. Our goal is to ensure the books get into the hands of the children and remain at the orphanage. For that reason, we will not provide services in any country where we do not have a trusted individual or team that can oversee the process, delivery, and follow-up. A member of the Board of Directors will personally visit locations as part of the screening process. Our success will also be based on ongoing relationships and shared investment within the respective communities.
We want to: