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Babies and Books Initiative

Art Aids Art has undertaken an ongoing initiative to collect, utilize and distribute black dolls and multicultural children’s books in Khayelitsha. Surprisingly, black dolls are scarce in South African retail shops and generally inaccessible to children in the townships (photo). Quality children’s multicultural books are scarce and prohibitively expensive.
Since 2005, international college and high school students, community organizations and individuals have donated over 1,000 dolls and 2,500 children’s books to the Babies and Books Initiative.

Book donors

Books & black doll donations

Learn about how you can help.

Learn about our Persona Doll Project.