Literacy Bridge is a nonprofit organization providing life-saving agriculture and health knowledge to rural villages in Ghana. They developed the Talking Book, a specially-designed audio computer that helps educate and empower the world’s poorest families living with limited access to electricity and minimal literacy skills.
Literacy Bridge aims to save lives and improve the livelihoods of impoverished families by providing on-demand and locally relevant knowledge. At the heart of the program is the Talking Book – an innovative, low-cost audio computer designed for the learning needs of illiterate populations living in the poorest areas in the world.
90 percent of families adopt lessons they learn from the Talking Books, leading to improved nutrition and a reduction in preventable deaths.
Relevant, timely, and practical audio lessons on key health practices and sustainable farming methods are produced and recorded through partnerships with local experts and agencies. The messages (in the form of interviews, songs, dramas, and stories) are then loaded on to Talking Books and distributed to households and groups within each village. Through dynamic partnerships with the Seattle International Foundation, UNICEF, and ARM, Literacy Bridge has expanded its Talking Book program to nearly 40,000 individuals in 49 villages in the Upper West Region of Ghana.