Since 2007, more than 100 volunteers from 20+ countries have assisted in the sorting, stamping, packing and distributing of books to 25,000 children. Famous Jamaicans who have volunteered for our book distributions include World Champion Heavyweight boxer Lennox Lewis, former Prime Minister The Most Honourable P.J. Patterson, former Prime Minister The Honourable Andrew Holness and Wellesley Bolt, father to the world’s fastest man World Champion Usain Bolt. Additionally, American actor Anthony Anderson, former American Idol winner Ruben Studdard, reggae Ambassadors Third World Band and “The Voice US” winner Tessane Chin, have all participated in fundraising events to raise money for the Books4Kids Jamaica program.

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Lennox Lewis handing out books at Montego Bay Infant School, St. James (2010).
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The Most Honourable P.J. Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica
A highlight of the 2012 book distribution took place at Somerton All Age & Infant School, where former Prime Minister The Most Honourable P.J. Patterson joined the ranks of the charity’s volunteers. With an unprecedented 14 years in office, the very presence of Jamaica’s longest ever serving Prime Minister helped bring much needed attention to the importance of Early Childhood Education handing out book bags to the children at his alma mater while rubbing shoulders with former Speaker of the House and Member of Parliament Ms. Violet Nielson. Ms. Nielson attended Somerton, the school whose famous alumni includes reggae icon Jimmy Cliff, together with the former PM. The school has also nurtured reggae icon Jimmy Cliff through his childhood years. Click here for online article

“I will never forget that whatever I was able to eventually achieve, rested on the pillars of sound education which began right here at Somerton school.”
– The Honourable P.J. Patterson, Former Prime Minister of Jamaica 

The Honourable Andrew Holness, former Prime Minister of Jamaica
Former Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, The Honourable Andrew Holness handing out books at Redwood Primary School and Dover Castle Basic School, St. Catherine (2013). Click here for online article

Wellesley Bolt, father to World Champion Usain Bolt
Wellesley Bolt handing out books at Usain Bolt’s childhood schools Waldensia Primary and Piedmont Basic in Piedmont, Trelawny.
Volunteers from all over the world have participated in the Books4Kids Jamaica program.