Reading helps to expand knowledge, vocabulary, and understanding. One’s level of literacy also determines economic and social development. When your reading ability declines, so too does your ability to learn.

In South Africa, there is a major literacy crisis. A lack of basic reading and writing skills is primarily caused by shortcomings in the education system, as well as a deficit in available resources. It is of utmost importance that children are encouraged to read at as early an age as possible.

Our #10000STRONG initiative hosted a book donation drive, where people could donate pre-loved books appropriate for school children. An incredible amount of over 350 books were donated. We restored the books by covering them in plastic and created a simple library system for the books to be enjoyed by the learners. Amongst these books were some of our all-time favourites, including Charlotte’s Web, The Famous Five series, and some educational books such as dictionaries and first readers for the younger learners.

These books were donated just after World Book Day to our partner school in KwaNgcolosi. Along with the beautifully restored books, we were also able to donate six custom-built bookshelves, gifted by KS Shopfitters.

The Affinity family continue to collect books, furniture and other resources for the little library which was created to be enjoyed by learners and teachers for years to come.

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