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Better World Books partners with Plan USA and launches Rebuild Haiti Initiative

Students at school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Photo by Plan staff
Students at school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo by Plan staff
March 2, 2010

Online book retailer partners with Plan USA and launches massive Rebuild Haiti Better World Book Drive

ATLANTA, GA (March 2, 2010) – Better World Books announces today a plan to help Haiti overcome its education challenges in the aftermath of January’s earthquake.  The socially conscious online bookseller’s “Rebuild Haiti” initiative combines immediate aid with long-term efforts to fund the restoration and equipment of schools, teacher training and improvement of the quality of education and literacy in Haiti. 

In order to fulfill the Rebuild Haiti mission, Better World Books has selected Plan USA, a non-profit organization working in Haiti since 1973, as its Non-Profit Literacy Partner (NPLP).  Plan USA was selected recently by the Haitian government to implement the country’s education restoration effort alongside the Ministry of Education, UN agencies, local and international NGO partners. Better World has made an initial donation of $10,000 to the Plan USA effort to rebuild Haiti.

In addition, Better World Books announces the kick off its “Rebuild Haiti Better World Book Drive” across the U.S. Anyone can donate books earmarked to rebuild Haiti, and 50% of the net sales from those books will be donated to the Plan USA Haiti effort. Details are available at In addition, college book drives and library donors to Better World Books can now select Plan USA as the Non-Profit Literacy Partner to benefit from their activities.

"As soon as we heard about the earthquake’s destruction in Haiti, we knew we could leverage our powerful fundraising machine to help,” said Better World Books CEO David Murphy. “After Hurricane Katrina, people donated an enormous number of books which raised over $100,000 for the New Orleans Public Library. We know people want to respond the same way to the Haiti crisis. The decision to make Plan USA our Haiti Non-Profit Literacy Partner was unanimous.  The organization is unparalleled in its ability to make a real difference restoring Haiti’s devastated education system, and we’re proud to establish a long-term relationship with them.  We intend to see this initiative through, as long as it takes.”

"All of us at Plan are proud to be partnering with Better World Books on this critical initiative,” said Audrey Bracey Deegan, Interim President/CEO of Plan USA. “Haiti’s children have consistently expressed to us that education should be our top priority. They say being back in school will create a much-needed sense of security and stability. And it also means that parents can focus on rebuilding their lives without fearing for their children's safety. And we know, from our experiences after the 2004 Tsunami, that immediately resuming schooling is a key component for any disaster-recovery process."

Every book bought on funds global literacy through its primary non-profit literacy partners.  In addition to Plan USA, Better World Books NPLPs include the National Center for Family Literacy, Books for Africa, Room to Read, Worldfund, and Invisible Children.  The company benefits nearly 100 additional non-profit organizations every year, and has raised over $7.5 million for literacy causes to date.

About Better World Books

Better World Books is a for-profit social enterprise that collects and sells books online with each sale generating funds for literacy initiatives in the U.S. and around the world. With more than three million new and used titles in stock, Better World Books is a self-sustaining company that balances the social, economic and environmental values of its stakeholders. Better World Books diverts books from landfills by conducting book drives on 1,800 college campuses, and by collecting discards from over 2,000 libraries. Since its founding in 2003, the Mishawaka, Ind.-based company has raised over $7.5 million for its non-profit literacy, library and college partners; donated over 1.5 million college textbooks; diverted more than 31 million pounds of books from landfills; achieved over 9,000 tons of carbon offsets through carbon-neutral shipping, and created more than 200 full-time jobs with meaningful benefits.

About Plan USA

Plan, founded in 1937, raises funds in 21 countries and works in 48 developing countries worldwide. Plan’s vision is of a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. Plan’s innovative and cost-effective programs work holistically across the areas of education; health (including HIV/AIDS); child rights and protection; household economic security; water and sanitation; as well as disaster risk preparedness and management.

Present in 92 Haitian communities, Plan invested over $4 million in community development programs in Haiti in 2009 for a total of over $14 million in the last five years.  The organization’s emphasis is on health and education initiatives. Plan USA has offices in Washington, DC, and Warwick, RI. For more information, please visit


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Media contact
Robin Costello
Director of Communications
Plan USA
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