Worldreader has been one of the biggest success stories for non-profit companies promoting digital reading in third world countries. The company tends to hook schools and other institutions up with Kindle e-Readers and even managed to get $500,000 from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Today, Worldreader announced the formation of a new project in Ghana titled “All Children Reading” that was financed by a $300,000 grant from USAID, World Vision, and AusAID.
This new project will get 1,800 new Kindle 3G e-readers and thousands of ebooks for kids in Ghana. This is a country that Worldreader has been very active in before and has helped thousands of kids get educational material for free. Worldreader staff are actually in the front lines and spend a great deal of time training teachers and students how to use the devices.
“So far, 2013 has kicked off in a big way,” stated a press release issued by Worldreader. “In addition to our existing e-reader programs in Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, and recently Rwanda and Tanzania, last week we sent over 1,000 e-readers to 2,500 children in 20 more schools in Kisumu, Kenya, as well as launched a new e-reader program in South Africa. By the end of the first quarter of 2013, we’ll be touching the lives of nearly 10,000 children across 32 schools and libraries in Sub-Saharan Africa, plus have 500,000 people a month reading on our mobile phone app.”
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.