2005
Children in Ghana and Fiji Receive Children’s Books
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“Children in Ghana and Fiji Receive Children’s Books,” Ensign, Dec. 2005, 70

Children in Ghana and Fiji Receive Children’s Books

The Church’s Humanitarian Field Services in partnership with Deseret Book recently donated 6,500 books to children in Ghana and Fiji. The shipment was the first for the partnership that began in September 2004. Through the program, called Chapters of Hope, Deseret Book raises money from its patrons to purchase selected books for children ages 6 to 18. Humanitarian Field Services shipped the books to Ghana and Fiji with other humanitarian aid supplies already planned for those areas. The books will eventually end up in schools, orphanages, and libraries.

The books sent to Ghana include early readers, dictionaries, single-volume encyclopedias, illustrated fact books, and values-based novels. While the books chosen are not religious books, copies of President Gordon B. Hinckley’s book Way to Be were included with this recent shipment. So far more than 15,000 books have been purchased through the program.

The Church’s area welfare managers request the books for specific needs in their area. Senior missionary couples in receiving countries then help distribute the books.