LitWorld operates in 26 countries to create permanent, positive change by implementing innovative solutions to the challenge of illiteracy worldwide. We work in trusting partnerships with grassroots organizations to build sustainable outcomes for young people. Our unique insight—and guiding principle— is the conviction that literacy begins with children’s own stories, which lead to self-understanding, self-advocacy, and compassion for others.

All of our programming, including our signature LitClub model, is based on “The 7 Strengths”: belonging, curiosity, friendship, kindness, confidence, courage, and hope. Now celebrating our tenth year, we have launched LitClub programming for Nigerian girls living in a camp for people internally displaced by Boko Haram insurgents. Already, our efforts have seen remarkable improvements in the girls’ sense of hope, their aspirations, and their reading, writing, and speaking skills.

A partnership with Better World Books allows us to provide these girls—who otherwise would have next to no educational opportunities—with expanded programming. The grant allows us to build a lending library, secure permanent space, train program mentors, and buy books and other supplies.