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Mother Tongue Books to South African Children!

Donating Mother Tongue Books to South African children!


According to data from census 2011, there are 11.6 million Zulu speakers and 8.1 million Xhosa speakers in SA. It is, therefore, no surprise that these 2 languages are of the highest requests we receive. We have donated over 6,000 isiZulu and isiXhosa books during 2017 alone, and as a result, we are faced with the challenge of having noticeably fewer books available in these 2 languages.


The funds raised from this project will enable Biblionef to purchase approximately 500 new isiZulu books and 500 new isiXhosa books. Having these additional storybooks in our book stock will allow us to reach even more beneficiaries whose mother tongue is Zulu and Xhosa.

Long-term Impact

The long-term impact of this donation will be seen when coupled with the school's literacy initiatives. Research has shown that reading in one's mother tongue is an essential and powerful part of learning a new language and developing literacy. When you read regularly to children in their home language/s, you give them a strong language foundation that makes all learning easier. As a result, children's transition to the English language will be easier and their literacy levels will improve.

Be kept up to date: Visit our website at www.biblionefsa.org.za and follow us on Facebook (BiblionefSouthAfrica) and twitter (@BiblionefSA)

Have a few questions? Email us at info@biblionefsa.org.za or call 021 531 0447 and we'll be happy to assist.



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    Darcell van Buuren

    R220 raised

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    Nastassja Benjamin

    R120 raised

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    Sunitha Amod

    R60 raised

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    Ntokozo Ndlovu

    R20 raised

9 Fundraiser projects


  1. Anonymous donation

    5 May 2017

  2. Anonymous donation

    5 April 2017

  3. Anonymous donation

    5 March 2017

116 Donations

Fundraiser projects

9 Fundraiser projects

Gift of Literacy

By Chestlyn Draghoender

Donate a book and help children in South Africa that cannot read.

0% Completed
R0 raised
R1,000 Target

Siyafunda Donate-a-Book Campaign

By Ntokozo Ndlovu

The current Siyafunda Donate a book Campaign platform was launched by Ntokozo Ndlovu, invites peo...

100% Completed
R20 raised
R10 Target

My Language My Heritage

By Sunitha Amod

I want to support Biblionef in their campaign to make more storybooks in the local languages ava...

2% Completed
R60 raised
R3,000 Target

My Language My Heritage

By Darcell van Buuren

I am challenging all of my family and friends to support this exciting new project by Biblionef S...

2% Completed
R60 raised
R3,000 Target