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The Book Bus Foundation

A Registered Charity based in England

This organisation's identifier is GB-CHC-1117357 .
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The Book Bus aims to improve child literacy rates in Asia, Africa and South America by providing children with books and the inspiration to read them. We provide a mobile library service to remote and disadvantaged schools in Zambia, Malawi and Ecuador and recruit volunteer reading assistants who introduce children (and their parents) to the joy of reading.

Also known as

  • The Book Bus Foundation

CCEW Charity number




W5 2QW



Latest income

£107,744 (on )

This organisation record is based on data from Registered charities in England and Wales published by Charity Commission for England and Wales.

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Depending on the data source, location may describe the headquarters of the organisation rather than the area it operates in.

Area of operation in the UK

Area of operation outside the UK

  • Ecuador
  • Malawi
  • Zambia

Registered Office in the UK

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Themes and activities

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This organisation has been classified using different categories:

International Classification of Non-profit and Third Sector Organizations (ICNP/TSO)

ICNP/TSO categories have been automatically assigned from a machine learning model, as part of the UK Charity Classification project.

  • Emergency and relief services D33

UK Charity Activity Tags

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  • Arts AR » Media and publishing AR200 » Literature AR202
  • Beneficiary group BE » Children BE102
  • Beneficiary group BE » Parents and guardians BE109
  • Charity and VCS support CV » Volunteering CV104
  • Education ED » Schools ED106
  • Social welfare SW » Individual poverty SW105

Theme (CCEW)

  • Education/training 102
  • The Prevention Or Relief Of Poverty 105
  • Arts/culture/heritage/science 109
  • Recreation 116

Beneficiaries (CCEW)

  • Children/young People 201
  • Other Charities Or Voluntary Bodies 205
  • Other Defined Groups 206
  • The General Public/mankind 207

Activities (CCEW)

  • Provides Human Resources 304
  • Provides Buildings/facilities/open Space 305
  • Provides Services 306
  • Other Charitable Activities 310

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Charity financial history

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Year ending Income (£) Spending (£)
2006-12-21 (Registered as a charity)
2008-04-01 41,357 6,647
2009-04-01 12,979 40,851
2010-04-01 33,681 42,630
2011-04-01 42,555 22,183
2012-04-01 40,743 31,724
2013-04-01 38,484 46,595
2014-04-01 55,436 43,734
2015-04-01 65,572 69,136
2016-04-01 131,112 123,309
2017-04-01 131,565 131,964
2018-04-01 156,421 139,796
2019-04-01 147,421 127,128
2020-04-01 107,744 118,005

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Income from government

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According to data returned to the Charity Commission, this charity did not receive income from government grants or contracts in 2020 (the latest year with data available) or 2019.

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Data sources

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Charity Commission for England and Wales

Registered charities in England and Wales

Data download service provided by the Charity Commission

Last fetched from source: 2022-07-03

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