Paleng – Place of Stories

Every Child a Reader

Paleng is a non-profit organisation that promotes literacy. Our dream is for every young, rural child to have access to books to read – picture storybooks in their mother tongue about their own lives and contexts, books that spark interest and joy, that speak to their intelligence, imagination, and sense of fun. We hope that our books will find children everywhere who will love them and keep them to read to their own children one day.

Who We Are

Our Origins: Founded in 2015, the Paleng Children’s Centre, a children’s library and play centre in rural Lesotho, was the beginning of the Paleng – Place of Stories journey. We now work in Lesotho and South Africa, still running the Paleng library.

Our Mission: Paleng strives to build and sustain a culture of reading in rural southern African communities. We support literacy acquisition in young children by creating bilingual mother tongue/English books and giving them directly to children to take home and share, primarily through our school- and village-based Book Festivals.

Our Vision: Our vision is a world in which every rural African child has free access to books that support their right to be literate, enabling success at school and the chance to lead enriched, successful lives.

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What We Do

Our Books

So far, our team has produced 13 bilingual books for rural children aged 4-15.

Book Festivals

Our Book Festivals put books directly into the hands of children.

Library Development

We help schools and other centres set up their own in-house libraries for children.

Watch this short clip about our Book Festivals to get a sense of what Paleng is all about.