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 people's needs and doing my bit to help change the word because I think the most important gift you can give to a child is to teach them the value of literacy

Diana Beltran

Volunteer atRead-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.

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illiteracy impact on the community

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  https://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

2018-2019 Year

Income/Expenditure

100%

89%

% Breakdown of Spending

ANNUAL REPORT 2018-2019

View and download our annual reports, by region.

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
Address: 2666 Brookland Ave SE Grand Rapids MI 49507 – USA
Phone+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

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