Gerard Kelly visits Zambia and Malawi with The Book Bus

Miles Kelly Publishing started working with The Books Bus, a charity dedicated to improving children’s lives through literacy, in early 2012, when we first sent books to areas of Africa.

After this, Miles Kelly’s involvement grew rapidly. We created and published a special range of 30 non-fiction titles that carried The Book Bus logo, bought Book Bus George, and most recently, managing director Gerard Kelly, personally volunteered with The Book Bus in Africa.

Gerard flew out to Zambia and Malawi with David and Sarah of The Book Bus on 14th October 2014 and visited several locations including Livingstone, South Luangwa and Lake Malawi during his time. Gerard got to see George again, in his rightful place, distributing books to disadvantaged children in Zambia and travelled in him to a rural school in Mfuwe. There, he saw the charity’s planning and hard work come to fruition and he met some of the children that The Book Bus helps.

Gerard has said after the event that: “The locations were very different to the schools visited back home, but the fun and happiness generated among the children were actually very similar. For me, one of the most memorable moments was visiting the brand new Reading Room in Livingstone, and seeing kids of all ages lying on the cushions and mats reading the books, looking at the pictures or telling each other stories from the pictures – hopefully the beginning of a real love of books”.

Gerard has seen first-hand that some of the children in these areas only eat one meal a day on average. If nutrition is scarce, then education is even less of a priority. This is why The Book Bus’s cause is vital to inspire a passion for education and hope for the future. Miles Kelly is proud to support this mission and plans to do more in the coming year.

If you wish to donate or volunteer, please visit The Book Bus website.

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