Impact Report

Impact Report


Read • Write • Empower

Learning to read and write is fundamental for any individual, these skills empower children to continue learning and to make positive, informed choices into adulthood. But there are 770 million people globally who are illiterate and 2 billion who struggle to read a sentence. This has a profound impact on their lives, job opportunities, self-esteem and wellbeing.

We are here to change this!

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Welcome Message from our CEO

As we reflect on another busy and successful year at the World Literacy Foundation, I want to thank the board members, founders, staff, volunteers, our ambassadors, supporters and our many local delivery partners and schools around the world. Thanks to your collective effort, we continue to grow and move closer toward our goal of bringing literacy to all children and with it the freedom and empowerment it brings.

We have built on our literacy resources distribution work, continuing to target those most in need including refugees and children in the lowest-income households. We also were excited to be back at Oxford University in the Spring of 2020 to deliver the World Literacy Summit but the impact of the pandemic changed our plans. Thanks to our corporate partners and the adaptiveness of all our stakeholders, we were able to transform quickly and successfully the Summit into an online experience.

As we move into 2020-21, we are already aware of the devastating impact of Covid19 on the communities where we work, especially on education with schools’ closure. Therefore, we are now focusing our attention on Sun Books and Dingo App; two EdTech projects that aim to provide children in remote communities with quality educational resources to continue learning whilst at home and in a state of continued upheaval.

Thank you for your ongoing support! We look forward to working together to bring more books, improved technology, and equal opportunities to all.

Andrew G Kay
Founder and CEO – World Literacy Foundation

Impact of Covid-19 on Literacy and Education


People with no or low literacy skills, who already face multiple disadvantages in their daily lives, have also had limited access to health and preventive information about the coronavirus and online learning opportunities to continue their education. The COVID-19 crisis has shed light on the unpreparedness of infrastructure, education systems, programs, and people for ensuring the continuity of teaching and learning in such a situation.

The World Literacy Foundation is working day by day to reach children in remote communities with quality educational resources to enhance their literacy skills. Learn more about our EdTech initiatives: Sun Books, Dingo, and Indigenous Learning App.


Our Impact




Children and families reached through our services



Leader from 143 countries particpated in the WLF Ambassador Program








Of people reached through mainstreams advocacy events & social media




Volunteer hours donated to our projects

IN 2020-21

Our Impact by Location


What people think about us...

Tobias Harris

NBA Player

“I am delighted to be a funder and supporter of the World Literacy Foundation and their Sun Books project in Africa. Literacy is my passion and l hope every child can discovery the joy of reading in their early years.”


5 years old

“In the reading group, they teach me many things, they teach the vowels and letters of the alphabet, we do exercises and learn words on the activity’s books. They also read to me stories that are very funny and I learn from them. I want to be there every week, it’s the best!”



“Most children in my class have never owned a book. Now with Sun Books, my students are reading and excited about learning and future opportunities.”

Dorothee Gaile

User WLS20-Online Experience

"A big thank you for providing such a wealth of inspiring presentations to your audience. I am fully aware of the huge amount of planning and programming for delivering the conference online, I really appreciate how you coped with the challenge of having to switch formats without a long time, wishing you all the best!"

Financial Highlights



% Breakdown of Spending


For a copy of the Independent Audited Financial Accounts for UK, USA or Australia, please email

Donors & Supporters

We would like to thank the following companies and foundations for their support in 2020-21:

Tobias Harris Foundation, Navitas, Shine On Foundation, Kids Read One!, Pitney Bowes, First Book, Teespring, Network for Good, Glenmede Trust Foundation, Fuller Foundation, Lewisburg High School, Atonement Lutheran Church of Boulder, Jewish Federation of Cleveland, Shine On Foundation, Westpac Giving Circle, The Andrews Foundation, Australian High Commission in Nigeria, Queensland Government, Commonwealth Government, James Kirby Foundation, Bennelong Foundation, Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation, Books Glorious Books, Felicity Wide Charitable Trust, The Michael Cornish Charitable Trust, Oxford University Press, Pearson International Project Literacy, Souter Charitable Trust, STEP PCA, Vizrt Group

Additionally, we would like to thank our wonderful ambassadors and individual donors who have fundraised, volunteered or contributed to the World Literacy Foundation this year.

Download the Printed Version by Country 

North America

USA WLF impact report


Australia WLF impact report

Europe & UK

UK Reads impact report

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