There are many reasons why we chose Zambia for the first Book Bus journey. Initially, at least, we are dependent on donated books written in English. Zambia has a rich linguistic heritage of over 70 indigenous languages, however English is understood by most of the population. Most of those aged 15 or over can read and write in English. We also wanted to go somewhere where there was a clear need and the potential to make a difference. Zambia is one of the world’s poorest, least developed countries.
All our development projects have been carefully chosen to satisfy several criteria. They are of definable and sustainable benefit to the local community and allow us the opportunity to work in tandem with the people of Zambia. Our work with schools, orphanages and hospitals is organised with community assent and involvement to provide direct aid and educational assistance to the disadvantaged children. The Book Bus development projects are over-seen by a resident Project Manager whose role is to co-ordinate the key stake holders, the funding and the project's objectives.
Funding for the projects comes directly from the our trust. We are committed to direct patronage within the local economies of the countries in which we operate. Accommodation throughout the adventure is in locally owned hostels or based in the project locations; and our day to day living budget will be spent by the team at local "grass roots" level. Supporting the Book Bus project is a unique opportunity to experience a foreign culture and to truly make a difference to people’s lives.
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