A World of Possibilities Inside a Shipping Container

Can you remember the first time you read a book? The feeling of endless possibilities and boundless imagination?

In South Africa, many children may never experience this.

Only 29% of schools have a library and 8 out of 10 children cannot read at an appropriate level by the time they are 9 years old.

These kids will not make it through the schooling system of pursue higher education.

But in June 2011, a shipping container arrived in the tiny South African town of St. Lucia that would transform the lives of thousands of these at-risk children.

The container was sent by former African Impact volunteers and was packed to the brim with donated books that would open up a world of opportunity for the children from nearby villages.

 

Hear from the children of Reading Club

Today it is a library where the kids line up to spend afternoons reading with African Impact volunteers. While waiting for their opportunity to read, children spend time focusing on their vocabulary skills through fun and educational activities. 

Eight years later, Reading Club is still going strong.

Not only has it impacted the life of every single child who has passed through its doors, it holds a very special place in the hearts of hundreds of volunteers who spent their Friday afternoons in quiet awe and admiration of the children who so courageously read to them. 

 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss