"These books are providing valuable global exposure to our students and making the learning process easy and fun. Book Reach has been helping both teachers and students to escalate their learning outcomes."

Ram Ekwal Thapur
Head Teacher, Shree Secondary School, Baghachaura

Old Books Give New Life

Book Reach is expanding literacy and educational opportunities for thousands of Nepal's poorest students through a unique library recycling service. Second-hand library books are brought into Nepal to support teachers in the government's English language programme.

This charity receives 'readers' and simple non-fiction books from a growing selection of donor schools in Singapore and Malaysia. On arrival they are transported immediately down to the district of Makwanpur. From there they are transported by jeep, bus and porter to the targeted areas.

Book Reach is run by Doreen Johnstone, a former educational advisor to the Nepal Government, who now lives in Malaysia. The project is supported by the Education Development and Coordination Unit within the new Federal system of Education.

Book Reach relies entirely on private donations, which are used to ensure the safe and timely delivery of the books to their beneficiary schools. 2013 was the project's first year of operation, when it delivered 252 kg of books. Since then the consignments have weighed around 3,000 kg (in book terms - 43,500 books). 22 schools in the town area of Hetauda have received books and 16 of them have had libraries furnished.