Vulnerable children without a home library will soon start receiving a monthly bundle of reading books in a public-private initiative that is asking people for donations.
The Social Welfare Services Foundation has identified around 90 children in Malta and is appealing to the public to help ensure these children have books at home in 2022.
Every month Agendabookshop.com, the leading bookseller, will send each child a €20 package of books, depending on their taste and age group.
Agendabookshop.com will sponsor half the price and the public is invited to help collect the remaining €10. One can choose to take care of a child for a whole year or as little as a month or two.
A statement issued by the organizers of the joint initiative said that despite the continued progress in the economy and standard of living in Malta, some families are still struggling to provide even basic necessities due to limited budgets.
This situation leaves vulnerable children deprived of their small home library and easy access to daily reading.
FSWS sees books as a catalyst for investing in children’s well-being, education and upbringing, regardless of their social or financial background. Through reading, children increase literacy and vocabulary, but especially develop their imagination and creativity, expand their knowledge and learn important values and lessons that can be transferred to their daily lives. By collaborating with Agenda Bookshop, we are helping many families and children in need to make this happen. A small donation will go a long way to improving a child’s chances of success in the future, said Jean-Paul Zammit-Gretsch, Senior Community Development Officer at FSWS.
Louise Attard of the Agenda Library described the initiative as a community project. “Books make a difference,” she said, “so let’s not leave any child behind.”
Donations can be made online at the Agenda Book Store.