What is WIJABA?
The World is Just a Book Away (WIJABA) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Santa Monica, CA that seeks to build leaders for the future by empowering children to change their own lives and communities through books, libraries, and educational programs.
To promote literacy and education by developing libraries and programs that plant the seeds of leadership, environmental consciousness, and community connection.
Where we work
WIJABA currently works with disadvantaged communities that have suffered through great adversity in Indonesia (since 2009) and Mexico (since 2012), including:
- Sidoarjo, Indonesia: Devastated by world's worst mudflow disaster
- Padang, Indonesia: Recovering from a tsunami and numerous earthquakes
- Bali, Indonesia: Coping with a significant orphan population
- Chihuahua, Mexico: Afflicted by major social and economic upheaval
- Los Angeles, California: Expansion into Los Angeles in March of 2016
What We've Achieved
WIJABA libraries are centers of literacy and learning that also serve as community centers and classrooms for WIJABA facilitated programs. All libraries are within a 2-hour radius of a hub office to facilitate community partnerships. In just 7 years, WIJABA's libraries and impact have reached over 63,000+ children with:
- 56,000 Books
- 5 Educational Programs
- 81 Libraries
- 2 Mobile Libraries