Our friends at Course Hero have reached an impressive milestone, officially surpassing 200,000 books donated to BFA partner schools in The Gambia! These books, donated via Course Hero’s Knowledge Drive, are having a direct impact on the lives of students there, giving the next generation of Gambian parents, teachers, and leaders the tools they need to excel in school.
Books For Africa
Books For Africa. A simple name for an organization with a simple mission. We collect, sort, ship, and distribute books to students of all ages in Africa. Our goal: to end the book famine in Africa.
Books For Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 31 million books to 49 different countries since 1988. Over the past 12 months we have shipped 2.6 million books, valued at $35 million to 27 African countries, with an additional 223 computers and 11 brand new law and human rights libraries.
It costs about $10,300 to send a 40-foot sea container of books, computers, and school supplies to most major African sea ports. Your donation will enable Books For Africa to send even more books to children in Africa who are hungry to read, hungry to learn.
To learn more about groups currently fundraising to ship books to specific African countries, view the Projects page>>
Success Stories & News
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A Books For Africa delegation recently returned from a visit to Malawi and South Africa. Comprised of representatives from BFA, Out of Print Clothing, and Merck & Co., the team met with old friends, as well as making some great new connections.
BFA supporters turned out in force this year for the 2014 Project for Awesome! The funds raised from this event will sponsor the shipment of over 20,000 books to the African continent!
More than 22,000 primary and secondary reading books collected by Books For Africa will be shipped to students in Liberia, who are currently out of school due to the Ebola outbreak. Funds for the shipment were donated to BFA during Give to the Max Day in November.
Two BFA containers of books were recently delivered to the Catholic University of South Sudan thanks to the generous support of The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, Harriet McGuire, and Catholic Relief Services of South Sudan.
Books For Africa is a simple idea, but its impact is transformative. For us, literacy is quite simply the bridge from misery to hope.— Kofi Annan, former U.N. Secretary-General
Books For Africa has earned its 3rd consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. This marks the 12th time that BFA has received Charity Navigator’s highest rating since 2002. This rating shows great ability to efficiently manage and grow organizational finances. Books For Africa consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and we are grateful for the continued recognition from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator.