Biblionef is a registered Non-Profit Company, and all donations made to the organisation are tax-deductible. Established in 1998 by a former Dutch Ambassador, Biblionef forms part of an international network of independent organisations with offices in the Netherlands, France, Ghana and Tunisia.
Biblionef South Africa donates new books in all 11 languages to organisations with an educational focus, e.g. schools, ECD Centres, literacy organisations, drop-in centres, children’s homes, etc. The majority of the books Biblionef donates are locally produced and contain beautiful illustrations that South African children can relate to. These books support endeavours to improve literacy levels and help create the right circumstances to foster a love for reading. Biblionef operates according to UNESCO’s Book Donations Charter, which stipulates that book donation programmes ‘must be adapted to the needs and sensitivity of the beneficiaries and must contribute to the strengthening of all elements of the book sector in the country in question.’
When funding allows, Biblionef also provides teacher support and training to Foundation Phase teachers on incorporating storybooks into the CAPS Curriculum.