Books for Little Saints
As part of its ‘Give a Child a Book’ initiative to promote the reading culture among children, the Rainbow Book Club has joined forces with Skye Bank to donate books to special children being cared for by three Lagos charities.
Promoting the reading culture in Nigeria is a stated aim of the Rainbow Book Club’s long term vision of building a new Nigeria where knowledge is pivotal to everyday activities and national life.
“Our children are our legacy and we should invest in that legacy by ensuring that we broaden their minds and improve their prospects through reading. When you ‘give-a-child-a-book’, it is a gift that will touch his or her life in more ways than one can imagine,” said Koko Kalango, founder of the Rainbow Book Club.
The collaborative effort saw the purchase of over 600 books which were donated to the Little Saints Orphanage, Bethesda Child Support Agency and the International Women’s Society (IWS).
All three charities have an interest in providing education for their wards. Little Saints is a haven for orphans and abused or abandoned children to be cared for and reintegrated into the society. Bethesda’s interest is in providing schools and scholarships for disadvantaged children while the IWS is involved in a number of charitable schemes including a scholarship program for young girls, a Motherless Babies’ Home and a trolley-library at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
All the children who benefitted from the initiative received a bag of books as gifts. According to Kalango, who is behind the ‘Get Nigeria Reading Again’ campaign, “giving gifts of books does not have to be a huge endeavour. Parents, teachers and small community groups as well as wider organisations can simply choose to give children books as presents instead of opting for other items.
“I urge everyone to help us create a society in which reading becomes a normal part of every child’s life and not just a hobby for a few lucky children. Rainbow is working towards making this vision a reality with a drive to establish libraries and book clubs around the country,” she added.
The ‘Get Nigeria Reading Again’ campaign has impacted hundreds of children around the country and it is hoped that the collaboration between Rainbow and Skye Bank will encourage individuals and organisations to ‘give a child a book’ in their communities, especially the underprivileged.