The way we work

Each week we receive over 35,000 books to our warehouse.

We deliver an extensive volunteering programme in which volunteers assist us with sorting the books into age groups and carry out a stringent quality check procedure, we only donate pristine or nearly pristine books to schools.

We co-ordinate book delivery logistics, a container can weigh around 26 tonnes and carry around 70,000 books, which means that we have to carefully co-ordinate multiple deliveries overseas, in sometimes as many as forty schools simultaneously. This often means the Ministries for Education in each country plays a critical role in the distribution of books.

In the UK, we aim to deliver to around 10 primary schools in an area simultaneously, donating in the region of 15,000-20,000 books in one book delivery.

In all of our book deliveries we carefully plan requirements with headteachers and local education Ministers. For more detail on individual projects please look at each individual project's pages as our strategies in each country are tailor-made to the educational priorities in the country and we work closely with governments and education bodies to determine schools in highest priority need.

We are committed to ongoing monitoring and evaluation and we are currently revising our strategy for international impact evaluation and we will publish this when it is finalised.

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