The Alan Duff Charitable Foundation, better known as Duffy Books in Homes is a literacy programme aimed at breaking the cycle of booklessness amongst children at low decile schools throughout New Zealand.
The programme was developed following a visit by Alan Duff to Camberley School in Hastings in 1992. He found that the majority of those children came from bookless homes and showed little, if any, interest in reading. From this grew the key concept of book ownership prompting an interest in reading and a love of books. This would also create the
opportunity to share the books with other family members. Since the official launch event in 1995 with 80 schools, 16,000 students and 14 sponsors, the programme has grown to encompass over 520 schools and over 280 early childhood centres, more than 100,000 students and more than 200 funding partners, supporters and donors in 2018. By October 1999, more than one million books had been distributed. The two millionth book milestone was reached in June 2002. Now that figure has surpassed 12 million and the Duffy Books in Homes programme has inspired offshoot programmes in Australia and the USA