What Came First: The Library Or The Books?

In January this year our Managing Director, Patricia Alexander, visited one of our long standing customers in Nairobi, Kenya. As with many of the producer groups we work with, Undugu Society of Kenya run several social programmes alongside their fair trade business.

Patricia was particularly touched by their education programme which provides schooling in the local slum area; you can read her thoughts here. Whilst visiting the school she couldn’t help but notice how bare the library shelves were.

Following Patricia’s call for support, the Shared Interest Foundation, our charitable arm, is just about to ship out almost 60 boxes of second hand books and stationery to Undugu for them to distribute to three of the schools they support. We hope that this will be a huge help to the schools and will be valued by their pupils for years to come.

Staff at head office in Newcastle managed to collect 4 boxes of books but we have to thank Chuter Ede Education Centre in South Shields for 40 boxes and Rachel Disley-May from Danes Hill School in Surrey for collecting the other 14.


As this was a one off exercise, unfortunately we are unable to accept any more books. However if you do have spare books that you would like to send to schools in Africa you could contact organisations such as READ International who arrange to ship books through Newcastle University www.readinternational.org.uk

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