A World of Possibilities Inside a Shipping Container

Can you remember the first time you read a book? The feeling of endless possibilities and limitless 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 or pursue higher education.

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

The container was sent by former African Impact volunteers and packed to the brim with donated books.

With the help of volunteers, it was turned into a library where kids could learn to read and improve their vocabulary through educational activities.

Eight years later, Reading Club is still going strong.


Hear from the children of Reading Club

Reading Club has impacted hundreds of children by teaching them to read – a skill that will open up a world of possibilities and give them a better chance at a brighter future.

It also holds a special place in the hearts of the volunteers who spend their afternoons in quiet admiration of the children who 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