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The mission of Books for a Better World is to create and maintain "libraries" (collections of books) in rural communities in developing countries and to provide scholarships for students who are motivated, academically strong, and lack economic resources.
Literacy is the dedicated purpose of Books for a Better World (BBW). It seeks to enfranchise, to empower and to motivate children in developing nations by establishing libraries and scholarship programs.
BBW was established to help break the cycle of illiteracy that cripples developing nations. Often, there are no books and the school day is dull and unstimulating. There is little reason to attend school thus the children drop out and illiteracy continues. Most children have never seen a book that is not a schoolbook and there is little connection between learning the vowels, learning to sound out words and reading a story. Children's literature increases a children's ability to imagine, to think analytically and to experience the world with greater compassion. The ability to read is empowering.In 2006, BBW provided collections of books to over seventy rural locations in eight Latin American countries. The libraries are in schools, orphanages, small municipal libraries or cultural centers. This year's collection contains 65 books - a backpack load. The books, all in Spanish, are storybooks, funny stories, adventures, legends, myths, biographies, natural science books and novels. Additional books will be forthcoming to the existing locations if prudent stewardship has been demonstrated.