Let's Change the World Together!

HOW PAGEHABIT GIVES BACK
PageHabit is founded on the simple belief that reading is for everyone. With the purchase of every PageHabit box, we make a donation to support children’s literacy around the world. Each month, we partner with a different organization with the same mission, to help get books into the hands of children everywhere.

Reading is important. Not just as a means of recreation, but a real measure of success in life. Illiteracy is a global problem, stretching from the United States to the United Kingdom, from Uganda to Laos and everywhere in between. The inability to read and write quickly leads to big problems later in life. Illiterate people are more likely to be poor, lack an education, and miss out on opportunities to fully participate in society and the workforce. Sadly, their choices in life are far too limited. We want to change that; one box, one book and one child at a time.


In addition, for every PageHabit unboxing photo tagged with #mypagehabit across social media, we will make another donation to support this cause. Because reading should be fun, exciting, engaging, and above all, for everyone.



April, 2018

For the month of April, 2018, PageHabit has chosen to partner with Books for Africa to donate books to Burundi. Burundi is a very poor country (the third poorest country in the world) but is nevertheless a very beautiful country (it is shaped like a heart), located in the heart of Africa. It has often been referred to as just that, “The Heart of Africa” or “The Switzerland” of Africa because of its hills and mountains. This country in the shape of a heart has been bleeding since its independence in 1962. It wasn’t until 2005 that it started its democratic healing process with a very young generation of leaders. This generation is facing tremendous challenges, especially in the area of education. With this donation of books, we aim to equip Burundi’s younger generation with the knowledge necessary to empower positive change in the community.






March, 2018

For the month of March, 2018, PageHabit has chosen to partner with Books for Africa to donate books to the Kiangua community in Kenya. The Kiangua community comprises of three public secondary schools, five public primary schools and one academy. The schools have a population of over 900 learners with the secondary schools comprising a population of over 650 students and over 250 pupils in primary schools and the academy. The population in the secondary schools is increasing annually based on the quality education systems being implemented in the parish. This is a result of the reading culture introduced in the schools. Book donations via Books For Africa will enable and improve the reading culture of the students, pupils and the young community around, aiming at improving English literacy in the young and youthful generation of the Kiangua community. The books will also help to build capacity in the already existing but needy libraries in the nine schools, as well as establish new ones in those schools that have none.






February, 2018

For the month of February, 2018, PageHabit has chosen to partner with Books for Africa to donate books to Ethiopia. For a young pastoralist Borena girl living in southern Ethiopia 650 kms from the capital city Addis Ababa, it is a seemingly impossible task to get proper education if any at all. She has to surpass her role as a cattle shepherd for the family's livestock, and her mother's assistant in domestic household chores with intention of grooming her to be a potential bride before reaching the age of 18! Not to mention her only hope is the access to the school library, the nearest one about a half day’s walk to the Negelle Borana town. That is only if she has the blessing of her parents to go to elementary school where she can read, comprehend, and understand the few books she can find there. The Atse Kaleb (Geda) elementary school, originally built by the Italians as a prison, is one such school, serving the community for the past 68 years. Currently there are 1028 students out of which 478 are female students from preschool up to sixth grade. A recent accidental fire incident, in November 2016, destroyed three-fourths of the school. The community, determined to act so that this grave incident wouldn't shatter their children's educational future, joined hands to build modest classrooms using the limited personal resources they have. With your help, we will be able to make a meaningful donation to this community who needs us now more than ever, and help the girls of Ethiopia succeed.






January, 2018

For the month of January, 2018, PageHabit has chosen to partner with Sanitation and Literacy Ghana (SALG) and Books for Africa to raise funds to ship books to Ghana. Our mission is to advance literacy efforts in Ghana by providing books and others resources to organizations and groups leading literacy efforts. SALG aims to improve the quality of education in Africa through the provision of literacy materials that enables students to acquire knowledge and achieve their potential.This is mainly due to a lack of books and resources.
Strategic Objectives:
Equip public schools in Ghana with books and educational materials to improve literacy for the poorest low performing schools in Ghana. Establish and equip Community Libraries with books and internet access to serve as hubs of learning and enterprise in the poorest communities. Enable students from the poorest backgrounds to be educated and be equipped with literacy materials to achieve knowledge and achieve their potential.






December, 2017

For the month of December, 2017, PageHabit has chosen to work alongside Books for Africa and the Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy to donate books to Sierra Leone. The first of a planned series of on-going projects to construct farming-based preschools in rural Sierra Leone with sustainability at the center. The construction for this project has begun in Mondema Village in Gorama Mende Chiefdom, Kenema District. The most important and interrelated circumstances that influenced the project scope, is the fact that many of the children receive little or no formal education in village communities like Mondema. Public schools are few and they cost $80/year for tuition, which might as well be a million dollars, as most parents do not have $80. This lack of educational stymies the opportunity of individuals and the country. The need for a library to enhance the educational achievement of children from preschool age to elementary, and to high school age, is vital to community sustainability. The Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy is building Sierra Leone's first village preschool and a library that will serve as a place for knowledge and development. Your donation will help deliver a 40 foot ocean container of 22,000 books to this worthy project. Thank you for your support!






November, 2017

For the month of November, 2017, PageHabit has chosen to work alongside Books for Africa and the Saclepea-Mah Development Association (SAMDA) to donate books to Liberia. Liberian students face many roadblocks in seeking education. In 2013, 25,000 students who wrote a college entrance exam for one of the two state run universities failed the test. After consideration, a number of students were admitted to the University of Liberia, but the episode shows that the obstacles that Liberian students face are causing real issues in the education system. For instance, many students in the more remote parts of Liberia walk for more than an hour to get to school. The rainy season makes this walk even more difficult. As there is no school lunch program, students do not have a reliable way to get meals once they arrive. Tired and hungry, a large number of students drop out instead of taking the same long journey each day. SAMDA would like to make sure in the future, that kids will stay in schools by providing transportation and lunch. As textbooks are hard to come by, teachers often spend most of their class time writing from left to right on the blackboard. The time spent simply relaying information to students keeps teachers from using more innovative methods to help their students succeed in school. With your help, we will be able to donate an impactful amount of books that will truly help Liberia in its current fight for education.






October, 2017

For the month of October, 2017, PageHabit has chosen to donate books to the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Children and youth in the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo grow up with limited access to books. Goma, a city on the shores of Lake Kivu in Eastern DRC, has more than one million people but no public library. Universities have limited amounts of books available to their students. Public schools also have limited books and many children and youth miss out on the opportunity to increase their knowledge and explore their world through reading. Eastern DRC is known as a place that has suffered from over 20 years of war, but there are local organizations and institutions that are building a better future for children and youth in the country. This project will work with the local community to put books into the hands of more children and youth in Eastern Congo, helping to provide them with a better quality education. This project aims to support the creation of a public library in Goma, as well as the distribution of books to the Christian Bilingual University of Congo (Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo - UCBC) and two primary schools in the town of Beni, Eastern DRC.






September, 2017

For the month of September, 2017, PageHabit has chosen to donate books to the community of Dalia, Togo where there are over 15 schools with around 2,000 students. These students have no textbooks, and outside of school, no opportunity to study or to read because of the lack of reading materials. These students desperately need the opportunity to read books for their education, entertainment, and edification. Additionally, there are no lending libraries or bookstores in the region for the population that is not in school. Even if someone has the energy and drive to learn and improve themselves they have very little opportunity to do so. Establishing a lending library for the whole population of Dalia will give the residents the opportunity to improve their literacy and their knowledge in the disciplines in which they seek education. One of the centrally located schools has an available building to house such a library and power for computer usage. What they need are the books and computers to make a vital library for the whole region, and that’s where we come in.






August, 2017

For the month of August, 2017, PageHabit has chosen to work alongside The Buea Book Project and the Catholic University Institute of Buea (CUIB), a new university in Buea, Cameroon, to build their first library. CUIB is an exciting place to study, combining academic and entrepreneurial business education while keeping a focus on ethics. They are open to students of any faith and are dedicated to the future of Cameroon. Unfortunately, the students have no textbooks to study from, and poor, intermittent internet connections leave the students with only the painfully slow option of writing down what the professors read to the students, and then they study from these notes. This leaves no time in the classroom for professors to delve deeper into subjects. It also leaves little time available for experimentation and research on the part of students, which can be the most exciting part of a young student's education! Creating a library gives students a place to research on their own, investigating what interests them in their field of study. With this library, we hope to gather enough similar textbooks so students have textbooks to read outside of the classroom lecture time. This library will also include 10 desktop computers and specialized books for agriculture in Africa.



July, 2017

For the month of August, 2017, PageHabit has chosen to work alongside The Buea Book Project and the Catholic University Institute of Buea (CUIB), a new university in Buea, Cameroon, to build their first library. CUIB is an exciting place to study, combining academic and entrepreneurial business education while keeping a focus on ethics. They are open to students of any faith and are dedicated to the future of Cameroon. Unfortunately, the students have no textbooks to study from, and poor, intermittent internet connections leave the students with only the painfully slow option of writing down what the professors read to the students, and then they study from these notes. This leaves no time in the classroom for professors to delve deeper into subjects. It also leaves little time available for experimentation and research on the part of students, which can be the most exciting part of a young student's education! Creating a library gives students a place to research on their own, investigating what interests them in their field of study. With this library, we hope to gather enough similar textbooks so students have textbooks to read outside of the classroom lecture time. This library will also include 10 desktop computers and specialized books for agriculture in Africa.



June, 2017

For the month of June, 2017, we will be donating books to Zambia. In partnership with Books for Africa, the Lumwana International School, and Holy Cross Convent School, we aim to bring 20,000 books to the Lumwana region. Due to the economic conditions in Lumwana, few children have access to books -- there are no local libraries or bookshops and many of the schools are in remote areas making books even harder to obtain. With your help, each PageHabit subscription sends a book to Lumwana and helps to bridge the literacy gap, with the hope of creating real change in the area. Due to the economic conditions in Lumwana, few children have access to books -- there are no local libraries or bookshops. In partnership with Books for Africa, the Lumwana International School, and Holy Cross Convent School, we aim to bring 20,000 books to the Lumwana region of Zambia.