Fall 2008

One Million Books Donated in Record Time


Between October 2007 and September 2008, The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program exceeded its previous year’s donations by sending more than one million books to 17 countries throughout Asia. The millionth book was shipped to Thailand in July, more than two months ahead of the projected schedule.

The increasing demand for the Books for Asia program underscores the continued desire for educational materials among Asia’s neediest and most ambitious citizens. It also highlights the success of our collaboration with partner organizations such as Room to Read that enhance our ability to reach children in countries such as Laos, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and others through books donations.

While we often measure our work in numbers, we assess it by the impact on individuals and communities. Books for Asia donations reach schools, libraries, training centers, and universities throughout Asia that rarely are able to purchase recent and adequate titles. These donations are only possible through the generous support of publishers, individuals, corporations, and foundations.

Since 1998, McGraw Hill Companies has donated more than 4 million books and educational materials. John Wiley & Sons has contributed 450,000 books since 2004. Other donors include Lynne Rienner Publishing, Kumarian Press, Island Press, and Pearson Education, as well as Chevron, AARP, and FedEx. Through literacy and access to reading materials, The Asia Foundation’s Books for  Asia program is educating future leaders, creating new opportunities, and helping empower the people of Asia.  We are looking forward to another pace-setting year in 2009. Read more about The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia Program.

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