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Scouts collecting books in Poplar to send to children abroad

PUBLISHED: 09:37 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:30 01 May 2018

Scouts in Poplar collecting for last year's campaign for books to send to children abroad. Picture source: Bookbridge charity

Scouts in Poplar collecting for last year's campaign for books to send to children abroad. Picture source: Bookbridge charity

Bookbridge charity

Scouts are on the hunt for children’s books in Poplar and the Isle of Dogs to send to learning centres in developing countries.

Children in developing countries learning English from books sent out by Bookbridge charity donated by wellwishers in east London. Picture source: Bookbridge charityChildren in developing countries learning English from books sent out by Bookbridge charity donated by wellwishers in east London. Picture source: Bookbridge charity

Members of 2nd East London Scout Group want to send the books to Bookbridge social enterprise to help the education of 20,000 deprived youngsters abroad.

Last year’s collection in Poplar went to children in Mongolia, Cambodia and Sri Lanka.

All the books are used for English language libraries and teacher-training in countries lacking resources.

The Scout group, which meets every week in Poplar, helps the Bookbridge charity sort out and package 45,000 books every year and is now collecting until July for this year’s shipment.

They have collected 20,000 books in door-to-door collections so far this year in Poplar and the Isle of Dogs, but are now thinking of setting up a drop-off point like last year to collect another 10,,000 to reach their target of 30,000.

Books can be fiction or non-fiction—but not text books. They should be in reasonable condition for youngsters from five-year-olds to teenagers.

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