About Us

OUR HISTORY

In 1966, l started school unable to read. Thanks to a wonderful Reading Specialist, l discovered the joy of reading. Later in life, l understood the power of literacy and how all learning starts with the ability to read.

In 2001, I read a United Nations report and I was deeply troubled by the high rates of illiteracy. Then I traveled to Ethiopia in 2002 and was shocked to see classrooms empty of any books and basic educational resources. I witnessed first-hand the link between young people and the poverty trap due to their limited education.

After a successful commercial career, l wanted to give back to the community. Therefore in 2003, I established the World Literacy Foundation with the goal to bring books, tutoring and literacy resources to children without any support. In 2005, we started with the transportation of children’s books to Africa and a few years later, incorporated the creation of low-cost digital e-books in local languages.

In 2016, we designed a solar panel tablet device called “Sun Books” to bring an e-library of local and international educational books to classrooms in Uganda where there is no internet, electricity or textbooks.

In 2018, we started the creation of e-books and literacy games in local Indigenous languages and English, to better support children learning English through their mother-tongue.

Meanwhile, in 2014 we ran for the first time the World Literacy Summit at Oxford University to bring together the global literacy community to build greater collaboration and partnerships. It was a complete success and we decided to celebrate it again in 2016, 2018 and now we are working on the 2020 conference.

Last year, we reached more than 350,000 children and young people with our services in USA, Australia, UK, Africa, and Latin America. I am satisfied and keen to continue working for literacy and education for children because I strongly believe literacy is the vehicle, the pathway to young people reaching their full potential.

ANDREW G KAY

Founder and CEO World Literacy Foundation.

Our Mission

We strive to ensure that every young individual regardless of geographic location has the opportunity to acquire literacy and reading skills to reach their full potential, succeed at school and beyond. We provide free access to quality education materials and innovative solutions that target wide-scale illiteracy.

Our Vision

We envision a world in which every one of us can read and write, in which there is free access to education for all.

How We Do It

In USA, UK, Australia, Africa and South America

We provide books and educational resources, so children can discover the joy of reading.

We provide tutoring and literacy support to disadvantaged children who are struggling to read.

We gather literacy and educational leaders and organizations around the world to share ideas and collaborate within the sector.

We create e-books and literacy tools to children in rural & remote classrooms for children in Africa & Indigenous Australia using an innovative technology software.

Under our Sun Books initiative, we provide a low-cost solar panel tablet to “off the grid” classrooms in Africa, they are pre-loaded with a digital library to young learners in their local language and English.

We are a global voice to spread and promote the importance of literacy, we empower people to advocate in their local community for this cause.

OUR IMPACT

In 2018, so far…our impact

250,101+

Times children have accessed our literacy activities through provision of books, tutoring, reading support and resources

153,100+

Times parents, communities and professionals have been engaged with in our literacy services through volunteering, events and conferences

70+

Countries impacted by World Literacy Foundation activities

346+

Million people reached through mainstream media, advocacy, awareness activities and social media

ANNUAL REPORT

2018-2019 Year

Fundraising Regulator

750

million people

are illiterate

illiterate people

earn on average

35%

less than a

literate person

TO BE LITERATE

EQUAL

Freedom

Opportunities

Reaching your
full potencial

ILLITERACY

EQUAL

POVERTY

More than

2 BILLION

people struggle

to read a sentence

Even in countries like

UNITED STATES

UNITED KINGDOM

and

AUSTRALIA

functional illiteracy does affect

25-35%

of the population

My work as a volunteer has allowed me to spend a little more time focused on other need and doing my bit to help change the word because I think the most important gift you can give a to a child is to teach them the value of literacy

Diana Beltran

Volunteer at
Read-Aloud Program

My work as a volunteer has allowed me to spend a little more time focused on other need and doing my bit to help change the word because I think the most important gift you can give a to a child is to teach them the value of literacy

Diana Beltran

Volunteer atRead-Aloud Program

There exists a global connection between us all, and at the World Literacy Foundation, we believe that education and literacy are the cornerstones for realizing ones true potential.

MESSAGE FROM FOUNDER AND CEO

In 2018-2019, Literacy deeply and persistently impacted millions across the globe to access further education, economic development, and life outcomes.

When a person struggles with reading, social impact is profound. A person who is unable to read may have low self-esteem or feel emotions such as shame, fear, and powerlessness. Students who struggle with literacy feel ostracized from academia, avoid situations where they may be discovered or find themselves unable to fully participate in society or government.

As l reflect on our programs, our achievements and outcomes in 2018-2019,  I acknowledge so much more needs to be done! I wanted to thank you to the board, staff, volunteers, ambassadors, supporters, and funders for their amazing contribution over the past 12 months.

We are here as a community of people to serve the illiterate and those who struggle to write a sentence. Today’s Readers will be tomorrow’s leaders and it can happen with one book at a time with one child at a time.

Thank you for your support in 2018-2019

Regards

Andrew G. Kay

OUR IMPACT AROUND THE WORLD

In 2018-19 our programs have impacted children, parents, and communities in the five different countries where we operate: Australia, Uganda, the United States, Colombia, and the United Kingdom, and through our Youth Ambassador, we are reaching more than 70 countries.

 Explore our regions.

Meet our projects.

AFRICA

UNITED KINGDOM

USA

SOUTH AMERICA

AUSTRALIA[1]

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YOUTH AMBASSADOR

GLOBAL

 

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Sun Books

Africa - Uganda

We are merging technology and education.
When a person struggles with reading, social impact is profound. A person who is unable to read may have low self-esteem or feel emotions such as shame, fear, and powerlessness. Students who struggle with literacy feel ostracized from academia, avoid situations where they may be discovered or find themselves unable to fully participate in society or government.

For more, info please visit: www.sunbooks.org

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Michigan Reads

United States of America

In 2018-19, we reached 20 million people with advocacy activities, literacy support and book distribution for disadvantaged children. Last February, we launched our initiative called Michigan Reads, an early intervention project aimed to lift children’s book ownership and increase the access to books to children from low-income backgrounds. We strive to empower readers to discover the joy of reading in their early years.

For more info, please visit www.michiganreads.org

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World Literacy Summit

United Kingdom

In March 2018, we conducted the World Literacy Summit at Oxford University, bringing together literacy leaders from 85 countries representing over two-thirds of the world’s population, and all with a single focus – advocating, championing and educating on the vital importance of improving literacy levels across the globe. Also, in 2018-19 we provided new bilingual baby books to parents from a non-English speaking migrant to promote the habit of reading at home from birth.

For more info, please visit: www.worldliteracysummit.org

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Foundation Aprende Leyendo

South America - Colombia

In 2018-19 we gave 1,050 literacy tutoring through our weekly reading classes in one of the most vulnerable neighborhoods in Manizales-Caldas. In May 2019, we registered ‘Aprende Leyendo’ officially as a Foundation in Colombia to support children in rural and remote areas of the country who are in a highly disadvantaged situation with limited or no access to books.

For more info, please visit: www.aprendeleyendo.com

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Indigenous Literacy Project

Australia - Indigenous Literacy Project

2019 is the UN Year of Indigenous Languages but sadly Indigenous children have the highest levels of illiteracy. In 2018-2019, we launched in the Indigenous Literacy Project in 5 remote communities in Australia, this digital app aims to close the literacy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children. The app gives them access to a local e-library and educational resources in English and their mother tongue.

For more info, please visit www.indigenous.app

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Reading Out of Poverty

Australia - Reading Out of Poverty

In 2018-19, we reached 8,500 disadvantaged children from low-income, homes in Victoria-Australia, most of them migrants and refugees’ families. We distributed pop-up libraries, second-hand books, literacy packs, multilingual baby board books, and allocated volunteers in playgroups and kindergartens to read-aloud to children. Since May 2019, we are developing the initiative ‘Books from Birth’ which is only focused on Latrobe Valley and South Gippsland region.

For more info, please visit www.roop.org.au

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Youth Ambassador Program

Youth Ambassador Program

In 2019, our global youth Ambassador program recruited 750 young leaders from over 70 countries around the world, this six-month program will provide them with strategies, ideas, and knowledge to be a local voice in their communities to advocate and create greater awareness for literacy as a human right.

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GETC

A global voice and advocacy

A Global Voice and Advocacy

In 2018-2019, we reach more than 350 million people around the world through coverage in the news, online petitions, blogs, social media, conferences, and publications. We strived to influence leaders and the wider community about the issue of literacy.

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FINANCIAL OVERVIEW

World Literacy Foundation is committed to high financial integrity and transparency, below you can see how we apply our various resources in the organization.

2018-2019 Year

Income/Expenditure

100%

89%

% Breakdown of Spending

ANNUAL REPORT 2018-2019

View and download our annual reports, by region.

OUR PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

We extend a special thanks to each of our partners.

Letters Live, ATCO Australia, Ernest Cook Trust, Equity Trustees, ANZ Staff Foundation, Pearson Education, Budding Reader, Rueben Foundation, The Vandervell Foundation, Australian Communities Foundation, Aptus Learning, ING Dreamstarter, Inyourpocket technologies, Millicom Telecommunication, Rehan Schools, The International MVNOx Association, PAGE Pakistan, Pitney Bowes Foundation, Big Ideas@Berkeley, the Skoll World Forum On Social Entrepreneurship, IOOF Foundation, Oxford University Press, The Andrews Foundation, Edith M Ellis Trust, Paragano Family Foundation, Shine On Foundation, Australian Government, Queensland Government and the Zurich Trust, Eleanor Curtain Publishing, Australian National Commission for UNESCO, #Write4Life

We would also like to thank those individual donors and volunteers for their contributions.

Indigenous Literacy projects has received grant funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Australian National Commission for UNESCO

BOARD MEMBERS

DONALD GREEN – CHAIRMAN

JULIE RUEL, PHD

FRANÇOIS GÉRIN-LAJOIE

PAULA CORREA

DARRYN KENEALLY

CATHY GREEN – TREASURER

OUR TEAM

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Andy Kay

CEO & FOUNDER

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Alec Green

PROJECT MANAGER NORTH AMERICA

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Antonella Di Fiori

PROGRAM COORDINATOR AUSTRALIA

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Sarah Novinetz

PROJECT COORDINATOR AUSTRALIA

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Cecilia Sandell

FUNDRAISING OFFICE COORDINATOR UK

Maria Rojas

Maria Rojas

SUN BOOKS PROGRAM MANAGER

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Paula Correa

PROJECT COORDINATOR COLOMBIA

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Allison Hough

PROJECT MANAGER NORTH AMERICA

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Charlee Standley

YOUTH AMBASSADOR COORDINATOR

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Paula Rico

MARKETING & COMMUNICATION OFFICER

Andrea Gualteros

Andrea Gualteros

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

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Carlos Vallejo

IT OFFICER

CONTACT US

Please feel free to email us at info@worldliteracyfoundation.org for a copy of our annual report and financial statement

AUSTRALIA & ASIA

15/20 Commercial Road 3004
Melbourne – Australia
Tel: +61 03 9995 0079
ABN: 33 940 354 008
I.A.N: A0055790R DGR

USA

PO Box 44
Grandville 49468 MI USA
Tel: +1 616 710 1932
501 (c) 3 EIN 46-1201100

UK & EUROPE

Suite 225-46 Eversholt St.
London NW1 1DA United Kingdom
Tel: +44 7 842930125
Charity No. 1154264
Company No. 08475669

COLOMBIA

Calle 22 No 23-57 Manizales
Apartado Postal No 10
Tel: +57 3148217736
NIT: 00000901239830 – 2
Registration: 0090055212

AFRICA

PO Box 21427 Kampala
Tel: + 256 785 235776
Charity No. FORR139122056NB