Since she was born, Havana has lived in 5 different countries and visited 25 countries because her parents are diplomats. When she moved back to the states two years ago she started a book club called Rhymers Are Readers #37books with her choir. Scholastic did a study this year that shows African-American children have 37 fewer books in their homes than white children. She started donating books to her choir to encourage literacy and representation in literature. She has expanded her reach to schools in her community, and she raised over $20,000 to donate books and school supplies to girls at the Bakhita orphanage in Ghana.
“Educating girls is one of the best ways for communities to fight back. So my goal is to focus on teaching girls to read, donating books, and fighting for girls to stay in school.” -Havana Chapman-Edwards