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Get beautiful Book Dash books to children in your community to bring them joy, support their health and happiness and build their future -- all you have to do is send our book files to a copy shop or printer and they will do the rest!

Books for Bright Futures is a Book Dash project to further their vision that “Every child should own a hundred books by the age of five”. Book Dash provides beautiful and relevant children’s books that you can select, print, and distribute to young children in your community, to own.

Through working together, the project combines:

  • Existing beautiful and relevant Book Dash books in elect...
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Books for Bright Futures is a Book Dash project to further their vision that “Every child should own a hundred books by the age of five”....

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  • Complete a 30 Day Challenge
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The ‘Enabling Schools’ project aimed to develop a joy for reading amongst children in rural South Africa before learning to read/reading to learn. We downloaded and printed (20,000+) Book Dash books (with themes on health, wellbeing, and education...

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Books for Bright Futures
Prof Liesel Ebersöhn - Director: Centre for the Study of Resilience

How to start a project on ChangeX

  • 1

    Create your project page

    Click the green start button to register and set up your project page. It’s quick, free and easy.

  • 2

    Complete a 30 Day Challenge

    Complete simple steps in 30 days to start your project and access funding.

  • 3

    Activate your project

    Follow the 5 Step Guide and your action plan to bring the project to life.

  • 4

    Share impact

    Share an impact summary to access the remaining funding and continue your project.

Great for

  • Someone passionate about books and young children
  • Someone with access to a computer and has basic computer skills
  • Someone with experience starting/managing a community project
  • Someone who is a very good communicator and comfortable to speak and write in English
  • Someone with connections to local organisations that care for young children, like crèches, clinics or organisations that promote literacy (or is able to find such organisations)

Books for Bright Futures project essentials

5 Step Guide

  • Book Dash introduction
  • Select the Book Dash books
  • Select a printer
  • Select a distribution partner/s
  • Distribute the books and initiate some training

Time

Suggested: You can manage the project at your own pace! We suggest 3-7 days to understand the Book Dash printing process and map out your plan. 3-7 days to find a reliable printer. 7-14 days to visit local organisations to decide where/how to distribute the books. 7-14 days to allow for the books to be printed and distributed. 14-21 days to document your process.

Resources

More information on how to get started and any resources shared by the Books for Bright Futures

168 Books for Bright Futures projects have already been started

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Meet the Social Innovator

Welcome to Books for Bright Futures! It’s time to bring the magic of books to your community. Imagine every young child in your community receiving their very own children’s books and reading books that reflect their own realities. Imagine your whole community sharing stories from beautiful books in their home language. You can contribute to building the bright futures of the children in your community by following a simple process of printing and distributing beautiful Book Dash books! Continue reading to help make this happen.

Zanri Kritzinger

168 Books for Bright Futures projects have already been started

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why a 30 day challenge?

    The 30 Day Challenge was developed by our Team based on our experience working with communities. We’ve learned that the first weeks are critical to build momentum and get off to a good start with any community project. Teams who complete these steps within the first month are much more likely to successfully complete their project!

    The Challenge is a series of simple steps that each applicant has to complete to get their project off the ground and unlock funding, if there is funding currently available for that idea in your region. Steps include watching a video and/or reading content, having a call with a ChangeX team member, forming a team so that you have support, having your first team meeting, sharing a team photo, and sharing a project action plan.

  • What can funding be used for?

    Once funding is received it can be used to cover direct set-up costs of the new community project. For example space rental, insurance fees, seeds and planting materials, tools, training fees; pretty much any materials you might need for a project that benefits your community.

    Funds cannot be used for the costs of work that has already been carried out, costs unrelated to the setup and maintenance of the new project, payments to group members for their work on the project. Funds can’t be used for the promotion of religious causes, non-charitable activities, sponsorship or fundraising events. Please read the terms and conditions for further details.

  • How do I know if there is funding available?

    On idea pages, if there is funding available for the idea in your region you will see “Funding available” and the region listed in the turquoise box. When you first login you will also see a green banner at the top of the screen saying “live funds near you” if there is funding available in your region. The ChangeX homepage will feature those live funds near you.

    A note on the waitlist: when all the funding has been allocated to applicants, new applicants will go on a waitlist. If some applicants that are in the fund don’t successfully complete the 30 Day Challenge their funding will be released and can be then allocated to those on the waitlist. To see if you are going on a waitlist check the main fund page, ideas fully allocated will have the note “Join the waitlist” instead of “Apply to start”.

  • What is ChangeX?

    ChangeX is a platform that connects communities to proven ideas and funding.

    By empowering local changemakers with proven ideas from social innovators and accessible funding from our partners, we aim to build healthier, more inclusive and sustainable communities. Our work is aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and together with our partners, we aim to impact 1 billion people globally by 2030.

    • Communities: Get the funding, resources and support you need to start impactful projects in your community.
    • Social innovators: Connect with local changemakers, access funding to scale your idea, and impact more communities globally.
    • Funders: Fund the themes and regions they care most about, with measurable impact, and at global scale.

    We believe that by bringing the best social innovations and the world’s changemakers together in a shared community, we can accelerate the spread of innovations across the world and have a bigger impact. Together we aim to unleash the potential of changemakers by enabling collaboration, by sharing knowledge and resources, by connecting changemakers across different disciplines and innovations and by opening up access to the world’s best proven social innovations to everyone.

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