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Phone: 650-851-3640
5 Thistle Street
Portola Valley
California 94028
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Target demographics: Africans, especially students, who have no access to books and information

Direct beneficiaries per year: 250,000 readers in new/improved libraries.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: well, actually it takes more like 20-30 hours to do a book drive, but then you would have helped start a library in Africa!

Geographic areas served: Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Sierra Leone and South Africa

Programs: small libraries in rural areas, librarian training and best practice Summits for our partners in Africa.

Mission:
The African Library Project starts and improves small libraries in sub-Saharan Africa to promote literacy and education.
Results:
Since 2005, we have started or improved 1,165 small libraries in Botswana, Cameroon, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and Ghana.

We have made over 800 partnerships in the U.S. with schools, companies, individuals, youth groups, Scouts, and families.

We have shipped over 1,270,000 books to Africa serving over 1.5 million readers.

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05/16/14
I joined the African Library Project after a bicycle trip in South Africa, which made very visible the need for books and educational materials, particularly in rural areas. This nonprofit is a win-win for everyone -- African schools get books and training for librarians to sustain the libraries, U... more »
05/14/14
We were so successful in our fund-raising efforts for the library books we shipped to Ghana this year that we have excess funds we would like to donate to your organization. It has been such a pleasure to work with the African Library Project, the whole process is so organized and the results ... more »
03/23/14
I've done six book drives now, with my most recent soon to be on its way to Ghana. This is a project that connects children, communities, and people in the US and in Africa with one another. I typically solicit donations from people at work, from schools, and from my community. I always meet new ... more »
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