Books for Asia

We put brand-new books and digital content into the hands of students, educators, and leaders in 20 countries. Through technology initiatives and book donations, we help infuse students with a love of reading essential for literacy; build knowledge in the business, legal, and science professions; sharpen vocational and research ability; and enhance language skills to compete in the global economy.

Let's Read! Asia

Books for Asia, in partnership with Library For All, recently launched Let’s Read!, a project that uses low-cost technology to enable underprivileged children to attain the most essential of childhood experiences – the magic of becoming lost in a story. We are piloting the project in Cambodia and Mongolia, where we’ve equipped schools and mobile libraries with tablets loaded with storybooks in local language and English using Library For All’s cloud-based library platform.
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“My introduction to The Asia Foundation goes way back when I was still a student in Dhaka University, in the late 1950s…. We would line up in the library to get a copy of the book and it [was] not available because the library didn’t have many copies. And then suddenly we got lots of these copies, almost each one of us got one copy of that book—textbooks that we [were] just looking for.”

—Muhammad Yunus, Founder, Grameen Bank & 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner

“Books are passports to learning and knowledge and the bridges to development and progress. I saw at once the invaluable contribution The Asia Foundation could give in the laying of a strong foundation for a stable Asia and the … rule of law.”

—Hilario G. Davide Jr., Former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of the Philippines

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Find out how you can help. Whether you’re a concerned individual, member of a service club, or a corporate responsibility manager, you can help make a difference.
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