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 has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.