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10,000 E-Books for AIDS Orphans in Uganda

August 4, 2014 By

Nyaka New

We’re excited to announce a new partnership with Nyaka Aids Orphans Project (NAOP), a Segal Family Foundation partner that works to alleviate poverty, hunger, and lack of access to healthcare and education for nearly 600 orphans living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Between July 18-22, two schools in the rural communities of Nyaka and Kutamba each … Continue Reading →

5 Million People Reading. What It Takes.

May 22, 2014 By

Lila Tretikov with David Risher

Way back at the beginning of Worldreader, my friend Mike Sundermeyer told me a story about commitment that goes like this: A pig and a chicken were walking down the road. They passed a church and notice that a potluck charity breakfast was under way. Inspired to help, the pig suggested to the chicken that they … Continue Reading →

The School in Kenya with 49,000 E-Books: A New Program

December 4, 2013 By

St. Als 3

Two weeks ago, something pretty exciting happened in the world of education! With the Society of Jesus in Eastern Africa, Worldreader launched the largest single deployment of e-readers (EVER!) at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School in Nairobi, Kenya. The impact? Besides St. Al’s being the 27th school in Kenya to implement our e-reader program, 49,000 African … Continue Reading →

Malawi Children With More Books Thanks to European Partner

October 30, 2013 By

student training active africa

Last week we launched our second e-reader program in Malawi. We’ve teamed up with Active Africa, our first major European Kits sponsor, to further improve literacy in Africa by bringing 5000 digital books and 50 e-readers to the Padre Pio Lusangzi Secondary School in Mzuzu. Worldreader’s Kimberlee Johnson was at the launch inaugurating the program with the Active Africa … Continue Reading →

Powering Reading, Empowering Lives

September 17, 2012 By

Ayenyah solar cells

By Jessica Buster One of the first questions anyone encountering Worldreader’s projects for the first time asks is, “How do you recharge an e-reader in Africa?” There are a lot of different answers to this question, some of which have been mentioned on the blog before. The thing that makes these answers different is the … Continue Reading →

Decreasing Our Breakage Rate

June 8, 2012 By

creative-art-project

Written by the Worldreader Research & Operations Team In his book The Fifth Discipline, MIT Professor Peter Senge defines a learning organization as a place “where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where … Continue Reading →

The Tale of Two E-Reader Pilots: Curating Content (Part 2)

October 5, 2011 By

About 18 months ago, before Worldreader even had office space, the team unpacked 20 Kindle 2s, and a handful of children’s books were uploaded onto the e-readers. With ambitious plans sketched out on paper and a lot hope in their suitcases, Worldreader’s Colin McElwee, David Risher, and Mike Sundermeyer flew from Barcelona to Ghana and started … Continue Reading →