Logos Hope is a non-Profit Organisation and the World’s largest floating book fair, bringing knowledge, help and hope to the people of the world. The Logos Hope community is regarded as a genuine expression of international goodwill and understanding.
This is done by supplying vital literature resources, encouraging cross-cultural understanding, training young people for more effective life and service, providing needed relief, and sharing a message of hope in God wherever there is opportunity. The ship has helped communities in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, the Arab Peninsula, and now Africa! This is Logos Hope’s first visit to Cape Town and is docked at the V&A Waterfront.
There are over 400 crewmembers on board from over 50 different nationalities, all unpaid volunteers, including many serving in their professional capacity such as engineers, electricians, nurses, teachers and cooks. Sponsorship from friends and family members and civic organisations enables crewmembers to serve on board. The crew include a variety of ages including families and their children and most serve for two years. Crewmembers are from a variety of cultures are unified by their vision to bring knowledge, help and hope to the port communities they serve around the world. Logos Hope shows diversity and unity among the nations.
The book fair has more than 5,000 book titles available for purchase providing many visitors their first-ever opportunity to purchase quality educational and Christian literature. Books are well priced and there is a vast variety of categories including Children’s books and classics, Parenting, Cooking, Dictionaries, Christian, Business, Management, Leadership, Family, Devotionals, Biographies, Novels, Nature, Arts, Crafts, Home Improvements, Hobbies, Sport, Animals, Romance and more.
The ship visits each port for several weeks at a time and opens the gangways to hundreds and sometimes thousands of visitors each day. On average, over one million visitors have been welcomed on board every year. In many ports libraries are setup, books donated and workshops are held on how to run a library. Training is also provided on topics such as HIV, AIDS, first aid, hygiene and healthcare.
In many countries Logos Hope provides significant humanitarian relief in situations of need to bring hope and show love to people whatever their circumstance, culture or background. In port they form partnerships with local organisations and work alongside them in hospitals, schools, prisons, elderly homes, children’s homes and orphanages. This includes supplying material aid, building and renovating homes, installing water purifiers ad providing general help in communities. Temporary health clinics provide free dental treatment, eye testing and glasses as well as general health check ups. In developing countries textbooks are donated to schools, libraries, community groups, colleges and universities.
Visitors can treat themselves to a variety of sumptuous eats available from the on-board International Café with a small play area for little ones and have the opportunity to connect with crewmembers.
Please visit Logos Hope and support them in their honourable missions to bring literary hope and help to the world.
- There are over 400 volunteers onboard from more than 50 different countries
- The book fair has over 5000 book titles
- Logos Hope carries a stock of half a million books
- Over 42 million visitors have passed through the on board book fairs since the ship began sailing in 1970
- Logos Hope has visited over 150 countries
- The word ‘Logos’ is a Greek word meaning word
- The first ship Logos was launched in 1970, and was followed by Doulos (meaning Servant) and Logos
- Logos Hope is the fourth ship and was constructed in 1973 as a passenger car ferry
- Bringing knowledge, help and hope
- Providing access to high-quality literature
- Expressing practical love to those in need
- Promoting peace by embracing diversity
- Guiding people towards a purposeful life