Read for Change

What is Read for Change?

HPSA's Read for Change programme motivates children to read books so they can help impoverished, struggling families around the rural areas in South Africa's three provinces namely, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal and Limpopo. Not only are students inspired to read books for pleasure, at the same time they are introduced to important global issues and given a tool to use to help end world hunger and improve the environment. They are able to connect reading and learning with helping others and being part of the global community.

How Does Read for Change Work?


Read for Change encourages a love for reading. Through Read to Change, students are inspired to read books for the sheer joy and pleasure of reading. The more they read, the more they learn about the amazing worlds reading can open up for them and the more they help those less privileged than themselves.


Through Read for Change, children have the opportunity to learn about hunger and poverty in South Africa and beyond, and to discover how HPSA’s work can solve this problem. Most important, children learn that their small actions, like reading a book, can change the world for the better. They will discover that every little donation makes a difference in someone’s life.

3.End Hunger

For every book they read, children collect small sponsorships. The funds they raise help HPSA assist thousands of rural people to grow healthy food for their families to eat and to sell by providing seeds, trees, livestock and intensive training and support.

"Read for Change is more than a reading programme, it is also an opportunity for children to change the world." – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu