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 2,100 small libraries in Botswana, Cameroon, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana. We currently work with our African partners in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Ghana and Swaziland.
We have made over 1700 partnerships in the U.S. with schools, companies, individuals, youth groups, Scouts, and families.
We have shipped over 2,164,8462 books to Africa serving over 2 million readers.
Target demographics: Africans, especially students, who have limited access to books
Direct beneficiaries per year: 250,000 readers in new/improved libraries.
Geographic areas served: The United States and southern Canada
Programs: small libraries in rural areas, librarian training and best practice Summits for our partners in Africa.
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.