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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.

The African Library Project starts and improves small libraries in sub-Saharan Africa to promote literacy and education.
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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I am a book drive organizer for the African Library Project. ALP partners me with communities or schools that really wants the books we are collecting. This is a win-win volunteer project. You can save books from going into landfills here at home (yes our culture throws away good stuff) and ... more »
Our middle school has been associated with the ALP for a few years now. Last year was the 5th school that we helped get their own library. Our students see this as an opportunity to serve others. They willingly donate books that they have outgrown, count them, sort them and package them. They ... more »
For several years my family has been collecting gently used children's books to support the African Library Project (ALP). I love how easy it is to connect with local groups doing book drives and how accessible the ALP staff are. This model of giving is so simple and the impact is so powerful! It... more »
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