We have all seen the disturbing images of poverty and suffering in developing countries, on TV, in the newspapers or on the Internet. As much as one would like to help, what can really, effectively be done? Many international charities and NGO’s are doing an excellent job fighting the ongoing problems of these countries. They provide money, food, clothing and medicine, all of which are very much needed. However, the problems are massive.

Read to Grow has a slightly different approach. We believe that teaching people from developing countries to support and educate themselves is extremely important.

Through education, these countries can grow to become stronger, more self-sufficient and no longer dependent on help from others. Read to Grow contributes to this philosophy by supporting small-scale projects with high-quality English and French books.


There are so many adults and children who go through life without ever having read a book. In developing countries, books are scarce and very expensive. Without books, the door to knowledge and progress remains closed. Many people remain in a vicious circle of poverty and illiteracy, instead of developing their talents and bringing change to their community through knowledge and experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

We support UNESCO’s adage: “We have to make sure that books are accessible to everybody everywhere”. So in general, we send books to every place they are needed, for example: schools, orphanages, youth prisons, libraries and hospitals. The only problem is the language. Until now, we have only sent books to English- and French- speaking areas.

Of course that is possible. We are always looking for new projects to support!
  • Currently, it costs 60 Eurocents to ship one book to a developing country. This price would be much higher if we were to send new books, which would have to be purchased.
  • Because most books are collected by children, our goal works both ways. We support projects which need books, but we also help increase the awareness in children here, that there are people in the world who have very little or no access to books.
  • Every year, many books are thrown away or stay untouched in a bookshelf. By collecting these books, we do our part in recycling and add to a better environment.
  • All books collected are sorted according to a strict procedure. This way, the books we send to projects are of excellent or almost new condition, and therefore have almost the same quality as a new book.
Of course, the more the better. The only requirement is, that they need to be in good condition and completely in the English or French language. Put them in a box and send them to our storage in the Netherlands or organize a World Book Day action on your school.
We receive all kinds of books and distribute reading books as well as magazines and study books for all ages.
No, Read to Grow has absolutely no association with religion. Under no circumstance will we distribute religious books to our projects. When we encounter religious books, they are immediately removed from our inventory. Read to Grow aims to remain as neutral as possible.
Political, violent and sexually oriented books are also removed. Fortunately, we do not receive these kinds of books too often.
Naturally, we do not just throw them out. These books are donated to a company, which processes them into recycled paper. And that is good for our environment.

"We must ensure that books are accessible for everybody and everywhere"