Goodreads Voice: International Book Project
The International Book Project began in 1966, when founder Harriet Van Meter started shipping books from her basement to readers in need. Today the nonprofit sends about 200,000 books annually to developing nations in South America, Asia, and Africa and partners with groups such as Teach for America and Habitat for Humanity to reach underserved communities in the United States. The nonprofit also runs the Kentucky-based Books as Bridges program, which connects American students with pen pals overseas as a way to promote cultural awareness and global service.
A finalist for the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, Van Meter passed away in 1997, but her organization continues to grow. To date, the International Book Project has donated more than 5.8 million books! Find out how you can sponsor a shipment and donate!