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10th Anniversary

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EOFY Appeal 2020-21

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This year we are celebrating our 10th anniversary of providing early literacy resources and support to children aged 0-5 years old from disadvantaged backgrounds.

What better way to celebrate than to keep giving to our wonderful community we serve? This End of Financial Year (EOFY), we would like to invite you to give a gift that has the power to change lives forever, the gift of literacy.

We strongly believe that literacy is the foundation of lifelong learning and education. It empowers young people to reach their full potential and excel in school and beyond.

Unfortunately, 73% of children in Australia from disadvantaged backgrounds don’t own a single book and struggle with reading and numeracy. Without any effective early intervention, these children will face a lifelong battle with illiteracy.
Hassan

This is the story of Hassan* a boy who at the age of two, was forced to flee his home country with his family due to bombings in their hometown in Syria. After being internally displaced for two years, the family managed to move to Victoria, Australia as refugees. Upon arriving in Australia, Hassan and his family did not have much apart from two bags of personal belongings.

Hassan never had the chance to attend any early childhood education services due to being displaced and the violence in their home country. For a child, like Hassan, living in poverty means there are no books for a bedtime story, and he often goes to bed hungry. However, Hassan and his mum Fatima started to attend their local playgroup regularly and through ROOP’s programs at playgroup, Hassan was able to learn to read. Hassan always shows up to playgroup with excitement to attend the read aloud sessions hosted by our ROOP volunteers.

ROOP has provided Hassan and his family with free literacy packs full of books that they can take home and keep. 

Our literacy pack included multilingual books so that the whole family can read aloud in both English and their mother tongue together and make reading a fun family-bonding activity.

* Name has been changed for confidentiality.

EOFY

Please support children like Hassan and help us reach 10,000 children in need of books and literacy support in Victoria!

EOFY Appeal

We believe every child, no matter their circumstances, deserves to have books and access to the literacy support they need so that they can experience the joy of reading, escaping into a great story and have meaningful opportunities in their life.

Remember, if you can donate to our EOFY Appeal before June 30th you will receive the full tax-deductible benefit in the 2020-21 Financial Year.

We believe every child, no matter their circumstances, deserves to have books and access to the literacy support they need so that they can experience the joy of reading, escaping into a great story and have meaningful opportunities in their life.

Remember, if you can donate to our EOFY Appeal before June 30th you will receive the full tax-deductible benefit in the 2020-21 Financial Year.

About Us WLF -WHO WE ARE? Since 2011, Reading out of Poverty (ROOP) is the only non-profit organization in Victoria with a sole focus on providing early literacy skills and school preparedness for children aged 0-5 years from a disadvantaged background. WLF ROOP BOOKS, WHAT WE DO? We promote literacy skills in early childhood and provide literacy resources and services to families with young children from low socio-economic backgrounds, including migrants, refugees, and indigenous individuals in Victoria. OUR MISSION To Reduce the gap between children from a disadvantaged background and their wealthier peers. ROP Books, Train parents to support their children in their learning. Seek learning opportunities for children.ROOP BOOKS WHY WE DO IT? Being literate is the key to accessing, interpreting and processing information around us. Targeting the years 0-5 is vital in creating an understanding of our complex language system. Roop Books, Developing a love of play and reading from an early age feeds a child’s natural curiosity with learning. Being exposed to developmental play and storytelling are the very basic foundations of literacy and language progression. It is the key to academic success that can assist in breaking the cycle of poverty. ROOP BOOKS, HE PROBLEM Too many Victorian children are entering the school system either illiterate or with extremely low literacy skills. Many low-income earners struggle to afford books for their children, widening the literacy gap between children from a low socioeconomic background and those of higher income status. ROOP Books, Lack of literacy skills can cause low academic performance across all curriculum areas, spanning a child’s entire school life. If children are not supported in their literacy journey it can feed into an unbreakable cycle of poverty. ROOP Books is an initiative of Reading out of Poverty, a not-for-profit organisation working with low-socioeconomic families across Victoria. We promote language skills and literacy for children, beginning at birth, and to support parents as their child’s first teachers. Through research, engagement, and learning, ROOP has established charitable programs that provide literacy services and resources to families with young children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Find out more about us. Welcome to ROOP Books, where our dedicated volunteer team sorts and prices high-quality books for you. When you purchase a book from our store you are also donating one book to a Victorian marginalised child. Your purchase will also be supporting the charitable programs run by Reading out of Poverty (ROOP). WLF