African Library Project
Rating: 4.98 stars 59 59 reviews
5 Thistle Street Portola Valley CA 94028 USA
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 1,481 small libraries in Botswana, Cameroon, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Ghana. We have made over 1100 partnerships in the U.S. with schools, companies, individuals, youth groups, Scouts, and families. We have shipped over 1,500,000 books to Africa serving over 1.5 million readers.
Africans, especially students, who have no access to books and information
Direct beneficiaries per year:
250,000 readers in new/improved libraries.
Geographic areas served:
Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Sierra Leone and South Africa
small libraries in rural areas, librarian training and best practice Summits for our partners in Africa.
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Michael177's Review for African Library Project
My experience with the African Library Project has been life-changing, not only for myself but for the hundreds of thousands of children in Africa over the next couple generations that will benefit from our efforts. The book drive I was a part of collected over 55,000 children's books, starting 47.5 libraries throughout 5 different countries of Africa. While the collection of books and funds to ship comes from book drives like ours, it takes an organization like the African Library Project to centralize these efforts and coordinate the logistics behind such a monumental project. They have sparked an educational revolution and created a streamlined process to provide a vital cornerstone of education to schools that otherwise wouldn't have any books. My experiences with the African Library Project have shaped the leader I am today, while helping spread literacy abroad.
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Amplify publicity efforts to get this organization a wider reach and ultimately improve the impacts they have in Africa.
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