Imagine not being able to read a newspaper, a road sign or directions on a bottle of medication? Sadly, this is a reality faced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in remote communities today.
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation aims to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions.
This is done by providing books and literacy resources to Indigenous communities and raising broad community awareness of Indigenous literacy issues.
Founded in 2004 by Suzy Wilson owner of Riverbend Books (Bulimba, Brisbane) the project has raised over $1.5 million dollars and sent over 80,000 books to more than 200 remote communities across Australia. More recently in 2009 it launched Book Buzz, an early literacy project and has worked with communities on specific literacy projects, including translating books into local language and recording indigenous stories.
How can you help? Buy a copy of The Naked Boy and the Crocodile this Christmas as a socially kind Christmas gift! It is $16.99 AUD, edited by Andy Griffiths AND 100% of the proceeds go to supporting The Indigenous Literacy Foundation. This book is the perfect Christmas gift that gives twice. You can buy this book from the beautiful Riverbend Books & Teahouse in Bulimba, Brisbane or online from their website. Or go to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation website to make a direct donation to the cause, click here.