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Causes: International, International Development

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.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do great work connecting book drives in America with school libraries in Africa! What a great cause.

1 Bettina S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ALP has done such an amazing job changing lives in African villages. Education and knowledge are the gateways to understanding and respect.

Comments ( 1 )


ALPer 09/26/2012

Bettina, thank you so much for your support and interest in our work...and thank you for this lovely review.