Since 2015, Toitoi has been producing beautiful, high-quality quarterly journals that showcase amazing original work from young New Zealanders up to 14 years old.
Young writers submit stories, poems and essays in the hope of becoming published authors. Young artists are carefully matched to illustrate each selected work, creating connections across communities.
The stories and art in each journal are enjoyed by young readers around New Zealand who are often inspired to submit work and make their own voices heard.
A subscription to Toitoi would see your sponsored child receive their very own journal every term for the next 12 months. Imagine their excitement as they collect each issue and start to build their own special library at home!
Here at Variety, we know that many of the children on our Kiwi Kid Sponsorship programme don’t always have access to books at home. Families who are living in financial hardship struggle to pay for everyday essentials and, sadly, books become a luxury they can’t afford.
Research shows that readers from disadvantaged backgrounds, who don’t have engaging reading material within easy reach, suffer from a ‘summer slide’, losing ground over the long school break. They can take weeks or even months to catch up again – and some never do.
But together we can change that and help these children on a pathway to literacy.