all started from casual conversations between
Pine. Both of them while
pursuing their corporate careers in Singapore felt a strong need to
contribute back to society especially in the field of education.
Both held a firm belief that education has the means to provide the
necessary tools to change one’s own future – it is no co-incidence
that both had been beneficiaries of Singapore’s excellent education
They started searching for
potential areas for contributing and realised that a developed
country such as Singapore has tremendous educational resources such
as text books (in good condition) which are often thrown to rubbish
but which could be effectively channeled for students in under
developed or developing countries. Thus they decided to channel
education resources which would have otherwise gone to the bins to
potential beneficiaries, a waste to reuse model starting with
Singapore. Both of them pitched this idea to their friends and soon
Wilson, Serene, Anson, Jayne, Sherine, Ben and Olu joined them in
forming Books to Read, a start of a new movement.
The founding team focused on two African countries
Tanzania as opposed to other
neighbouring countries. They found that much less is being done for
Africa from this part of the world and by virtue of being former
British colonies, the text books could be readily used.
Towards end of
2008, Books to Read was registered as a non-profit (Registration
number: 2068/2008). In their first
Book Project – Project
their initial target of 3,000 books was enthusiastically surpassed
to reach 13,000 books. Being a purely volunteer organization, Books
to Read faced many challenges and obstacles which was overcome by
their hard work, passionate friends and donors and sheer luck.
Today Books to Read is growing from
strength to strength and aims to benefit students all around.
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