25 years of giving books to children in Africa!
Books are an important part of our lives here at Simply Ali! We are always looking for new ways to share our love of reading with others! We hope you enjoy learning about Books For Africa as much as we did!
The mission of Books For Africa is to end the book famine in Africa. With your help, we will help create a culture of literacy and provide the tools of empowerment to the next generation of parents, teachers, and leaders in Africa.
Books donated by publishers, schools, libraries, individuals, and organizations are sorted and packed by volunteers who carefully choose books that are age and subject appropriate. We send good books, enough books for a whole class to use.
They are shipped in sea containers paid for by contributions from people like you. It costs about 50 cents to send a book from the United States to Africa. Books For Africa has shipped more than 27 million books to 48 different countries since 1988. Over the past 12 months we have shipped 2.2 million books valued at $28.3 million to 22 African countries, with an additional 616 computers and 15 brand new law libraries.
They are on once-empty library shelves, in classrooms in rural schools, and in the hands of children who have never before held a book. Each book will be read over and over again. When the books arrive, they go to those who need them most: children who are hungry to read, hungry to learn, hungry to explore the world in ways that only books make possible.
Books For Africa appreciates all book donations. It costs 50 cents to ship each book to Africa. Consider making a financial donation to cover the costs of shipping the books you donate. Please send financial donations separately in an envelope to the BFA office: Books For Africa, 253 East 4th Street, Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55101, USA.
Or make a donation online.
If mailing books, please send book donations to or drop off books at:
Books For Africa Warehouse-Atlanta
2971 Olympic Industrial Drive SE, Suite B
Smyrna, GA 30080 USA
At Books For Africa, we believe that education is the great equalizer in the world, and books are at the foundation of a strong educational system. For many children in Africa, the gift of books truly is a gift of hope.
Access to an education is one of the only opportunities young people have to end the cycle of poverty and attain a better quality of life than previous generations. Books For Africa works to help children who otherwise would not attend school by supplying educational materials to reduce or eliminate education costs.
Wars, economic crises, poverty, malnutrition, and illiteracy plague many areas of Africa. According to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), 40 percent of school-age children in Africa do not attend school. Forty-six million African children have never set foot in a classroom.
Most African children who attend school have never owned a book of their own. In many classrooms, 10-20 students share one textbook. Many people in the United States take these educational necessities for granted, but children in Africa cherish books.
Books For Africa supplies sea containers of books to rural school libraries, orphanages, adult literacy programs, and community resource centers. Books For Africa strives to help create a culture of literacy and provide the tools of empowerment to the next generation of parents, teachers, and leaders in Africa.
Although Books For Africa has made tremendous progress in its mission, the book famine in Africa remains a reality. Where books are available, there are still very few. Empty library shelves are a constant reminder of Africa’s desperate need for printed materials. If we are to see the day when African school children are to have the books they need to learn the skills necessary to provide for themselves and others, Books For Africa must continue to send millions of books.
Every day, Books For Africa receives letters and e-mails from people in Africa in great need of books. Your donation will help fund shipments of books to children like these:
Letter from the director of a nonprofit organization in Sierra Leone dedicated to teacher training:
“We want to establish community education centers that will provide print resources. It is my cherished belief that your organization aims at transforming education in Africa through book donation. It is with this optimism I submit this letter of inquiry for some assistance.”
Letter from a Peace Corps Volunteer serving at an elementary hostel school in a tiny rural village in Namibia:
“Though there are no chairs or tables in our library, and only a ragged carpet on a cement floor, the children line up outside, waiting anxiously for me to open every afternoon, excited to look through and read, yet again, the same book they read yesterday.
“The children spend long afternoons flipping mesmerized through picture books, tracing words with their fingers, asking for definitions or explanations. The library has become a place that not only creates a love of reading, but offers and inspires an interest in English, the national language of this still newly independent nation, and an awareness of a world outside the hostel walls.
“It is therefore on behalf of all the children at the school that I request a donation of books for our library.”
There are at least 370 million children living in Africa today. Without your help, many will never have access to books. Without your help, another generation of African children will grow up without books. Please help Books For Africa give the priceless gift of learning to children in Africa.
Join us on Friday, September 20, 2013 for the Books For Africa Silver Jubilee Gala at the Crowne Plaza St. Paul River Front Hotel, in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A. We will spend the evening celebrating all that we have achieved and look forward to continuing our work toward ending the African book famine. Be our guest and enjoy:
Dinner and live auction with T. Mychael Rambo and Karen Sorbo
Entertainment including a fashion show and live African music
Dress will be black tie or African attire optional.
Don’t forget to stay the next day for our Annual BFA Warehouse Party on Saturday, September 21, 2013! This fun event will be free and open to the public. We will have food, beverage and live entertainment!
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