DHL Express Partners with Literacy Charity 'Worldreader'
DHL Express, the world's leading international express services provider, announces a new partnership with Worldreader, a nonprofit organization that advances literacy in developing countries by providing e-books to children in need. DHL Express will support Worldreader's mission of putting 1,000,000 Amazon KindlesTM loaded with some of the world's best-loved books into the hands of young children in Uganda, Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania before the end of 2015.
“Digital books are the most innovative, efficient way to improve literacy in developing countries, so millions can improve their lives,” said David Risher, CEO and co-founder of Worldreader. “Although the transportation infrastructure in many African countries that we serve can be challenging, we're thrilled to now work closely with a company like DHL Express which has so much experience in this diverse region.”
DHL Express was the first international express company to operate in Africa and is the only carrier to have a dedicated air network in the continent. Through the partnership, DHL Express will deliver Worldreader's educational products to African countries, enabling the nonprofit organization to purchase more e-readers and books for distribution to those in need.
“We admire the valuable work that is being done by Worldreader and are pleased to be playing a role in spreading literacy throughout the world,” said Ian Clough, CEO of DHL Express U.S. “As a company that operates globally, our team of international specialists has seen firsthand the impact that books and education can play in shaping the lives of children.”
DHL has long been committed to corporate responsibility programs. The company's GoTeach program creates and improves educational opportunities for children and teens around the world by partnering with organizations such as the U.S.-based Teach For All network and the SOS Children Villages.
“We already put more than 200,000 e-books into the hands of 1,000 students in sub-Saharan Africa and now with the support of DHL Express, Worldreader is better positioned to help increase access to digital books in developing nations," continued Risher.
DHL – The Logistics company for the world
DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and “The Logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 275,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection, disaster management and education. DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of 53 billion Euros in 2011.
Worldreader is a US- and European not-for-profit organization that aims to put a library of digital books within the hands of children across the planet. Founded in 2009 by former Microsoft and Amazon executive David Risher and former Marketing Director at Barcelona's ESADE Business School Colin McElwee, Worldreader works with device manufacturers, local and international publishers, governments, education officials and local communities to bring books to all.
For more information on Worldreader, please visit www.worldreader.org.