COCOA farming communities in Ghana have been given hundreds of books thanks to chocolate maker Cadbury.
Kind-hearted employees at the Chirk plant were among staff who donated more than 1,000 books as part of the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership, which strives to improve life in cocoa communities worldwide.
The books were given by employees across all Cadbury sites in the UK.
They have now been delivered to six communities in Ghana where Cadbury is working with local charity Participatory Development Associates (PDA) to support the construction of six community libraries.
The ‘Books for Ghana’ project is part of Cadbury’s commitment to invest in community-led developments in cocoa communities.
One objective is to support access to education and Cadbury has funded many libraries which give communities an invaluable reading resource for all ages.
This is the third year books have been donated to Ghana and more than 8,500 have been sent by Cadbury to date. Last year alone, more than 2.6 tonnes of books were collected – the equivalent weight of a female African bush elephant.
Alexandra Law, community investment officer for Cadbury, said: “We were really pleased that the Cadbury site across the country contributed to this campaign and we are still receiving books ready for next year’s collection.
“To support education in these communities, the books are sent to local Ghanaian schools and in due course will also be sent to the new libraries. We get regular updates and a number of Cadbury employees have made visits to the community libraries to see how they are coming on and how we have made a difference.’’
David Mensah from PDA added: “Reading lessons have now been incorporated into the school timetables, where children are encouraged to read books with the support of teachers. In some cases, children can also borrow the books to take home for reading.”