David Barnier is collecting books for kids in India.
David Barnier is collecting books for kids in India.

Unwanted books shipped out

Speech pathologist David Barnier is trying to collect enough second hand children’s book to fill a shipping container. He then plans to send it to Mumbai in India by the end of the year.

“There are so many advantages we have growing up in a country like Australia. We have access to books and education – imagine what your life would be like without being able to read, and the opportunities you would have missed out on,” David said. “I do a lot of work encouraging parents to read with their children. I think it is important that the kids in the slums have access to books and to the benefits of reading as well. India has one of the largest English-speaking populations in the world. English is becoming the global language of business and developing countries need to be able to keep up with those demands, so shipping books to India through Pass on a Book is just the start.

“Mumbai is one of the biggest slums in the world. It’s also one of the biggest English speaking capitals in India. There has also been a lot of negative press about India with the racist attacks and we wanted to show that we are not racist... We just want to help the kids.”

To help David and the volunteers from the Pass on a Book: Mumbai Reading Project reach their goal, get your school or community group to register a collection point and they will come and collect the books from there.

“Those people who have kids who may have outgrown some of their books. We’d love to give those books to some kids who could really use them,” says David. “We also need some money to get the logistics out of the way, it’s not cheap filling a container and shipping it half way around the world.”

For more info check out the website www.topfivekidsbooks.com or contact David on 0405 407 075 or email passonabook@gmail.com.


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