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Books for Africa
Books for Africa is oan organisation that sorts, ships and distributes books to children in Africa. They are the world's largest shipper of donated books to the continent.

On the Lokashakti Network since:
Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Year founded: 1988

Alternately / formerly known as:

253 East 4th street
Suite 200
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101
United States

Phone: 651-602-9844

Fax: 651-602-9848

Email address:

Issues addressed:
  • Education
  • Youth
  • Poverty / Hunger
  • Self-determination

Further classification:
  • International Headquarters
  • Umbrella Organization


Books for Africa
The mission of Books For Africa is to end the book famine in Africa. With help from donors they aim to 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. They send good books, enough books for a whole class to use.

They are shipped in sea containers paid for by contributions from donors. It costs about 50 cents to send a book from the United States to Africa. Since 1988, Books For Africa has shipped more than 24 million books to 46 African countries. 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.

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