Donations for Children in Crisis

IBBY regularly seeks donations for projects under its Children in Crisis Fund to provide support for children whose lives have been disrupted by war, civil disorder or natural disaster. IBBY believes that children who are suffering from natural disaster, displacement, war and its aftermath, desperately need books and stories as well as food, shelter, clothing and medicines. These are all necessities and are not mutually exclusive.

Projects have been supported in the wake of natural disasters in Indonesia (2005 to 2009, tsunami), Peru (earthquake, 2007), China (2008, earthquake) Haiti (2009, hurricane and 2010, earthquake), Pakistan (2010, floods) and Japan (2011, earthquake). 

War and conflict has given rise to projects in Afghanistan (2009), Colombia (2008 to 2010), and Lebanon (2007) and in Gaza, Palestine (2008) as well as the current appeals for funding for the reconstruction of libraries in Gaza and for programmes for Syrian children in Lebanon. Children who are fleeing violence and poverty in Central America are being helped by IBBY working with REFORMA. The latest appeal is for funds in aid of children in Lebanon following the 2020 explosion.

Whatever the cause for children in crisis, the two main activities that are supported by the Fund are the therapeutic use of books and storytelling in the form of bibliotherapy, and the creation or replacement of collections of selected, appropriate books.

In addition, IBBY operates a Solidarity Fund to help IBBY Sections experiencing financial difficulties in less-developed or economically depressed countries.

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2022 IBBY Appeal for Funds to support Books for Ukrainian Children in Poland

As we watch the atrocities unfolding in Ukraine, we feel quite helpless as we try to find a way to help the millions of refugees – more than half are children. Over two million have fled to Poland. No one really knows how long these families will need to stay in there. The Universal Reading Foundation is a collective of around 20 Polish publishers and distributers based in Warsaw that is leading an effort to supply books to the Ukrainian refugee children in Poland.

The Foundation has contact with Ukrainian publishers and has received printing files of picture books and story books. The Foundation is printing and distributing the books to local shelters, individuals and larger reception centres around the country. If you would like to help this project please donate through the IBBY website or directly to:

Another project that draws awareness of the terrible consequences of war is a poster campaign initiated by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany with the title, We Stand with Ukraine. The six posters are taken from the existing exhibition Hello Dear Enemy! Picture Books for Peace and Humanity.

The Youth Library is offering these posters as digital files that can be reproduced for schools, libraries, cultural centres and others public places. Each of the six posters are available in English and Ukrainian, together with one bilingual information poster. The charge for these 13 posters is EUR 30 for the set. The proceeds will go to the Polish foundation Fundacja Powszechnego Czytania (Foundation Reading For All), which will buy books directly from Ukrainian publishers and transport them to Poland for distribution.

Please visit the website for more information:

IBBY is supporting these two worthwhile projects that will get books into children’s hands when they most need them. Please share these two worthwhile initiatives widely.

Thank you for your support.


IBBY Appeal for El Salvador - Library of Dreams

El Salvador is the "peace-time" country with the highest per capita homicide rate in the world. Gangs are essentially determining the fate of children, which is why so many have elected to leave. Library of Dreams was created in one of the neighbourhoods where people live immersed in a climate of insecurity. We know that through reading, Salvadoran children can dream and make healthy positive choices for their future. The Library creates a space where children of El Salvador may develop an approach to literature, art and nature through reading and the experience of a harmonious encounter with nature such that through them they can arrive at a more dignified and just coexistence and to be empowered to create real change in their lives. For more information go to IBBY Children in Crisis.

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IBBY El Salvador has the opportunity to build a permanent library in Santa Domingo de Guzman, a semi-rural area with a primarily indigenous population. The local income in the area is below the national average and literacy rate is low. Award-winning Salvadorian author Jorge Argueta conceived and founded the Library of Dreams to increase literacy and promote a love of reading for children.

Currently housed in a temporary facility, the programme includes:

  • Read-in and lending library
  • 3X weekly read-aloud and story-telling events for children
  • Reading instruction for children
  • Safe place for children to go
  • Educator training, working with local schools

Read more about the Library of Dreams and its plans for a more secure future here.

USBBY has started a fundraising campaign to support the building of a new library. Click here to donate.

IBBY Appeal For Gaza

IBBY Appeal for Gaza 2021

IBBY has been supporting two children's libraries in the Gaza strip since 2008. One library was situated in the community of Beit Hanoun near the Israeli border, the other in the south in the town of Rafah, close to the border crossing with Egypt. The funding for the libraries came, to a great extent, from the great American children's author Katherine Paterson and her family foundation.

Help us rebuild the two IBBY children’s libraries in Gaza.

Children in Gaza are suffering. As is always true in a war setting, children pay a terrible price. They have lost family and friends; they have had to leave their homes to find shelter – but there is no real shelter. Gaza is a tiny strip of land with no escape. And there is currently no news about the children from either library. Many of the children who used the Rafah library in the south and the Beit Hanoun library in the north found shelter in the UNRWA schools, but still their safety is precarious. Many schools were destroyed or heavily damaged in 2014 and they have not yet been fully repaired because of the blockade.

Our libraries are meant to be places of support and healing. But our IBBY librarians have been in the midst of this very intense and dangerous situation, and still are. We are happy to know that the librarians are safe although their own homes are damaged. The IBBY libraries are still standing, but badly damaged.

IBBY endorses the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child:

Article 6:  to recognize that every child has the inherent right to life and to ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child.

Help IBBY to restore the libraries in Gaza. These children will need all our support and care as they once again rebuild their lives. Children in Gaza should be able to be in their libraries and in school enjoying a safe and dignified life.

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IBBY Lebanon Appeal