A new business model is emerging in Africa and it has the potential to benefit millions of underserved people around the far reaches of the continent. The model embraces corporate social responsibility and involves business leaders giving back to the places where they built and acquired their wealth. These private benefactors are now also collaborating with NGOs and governments to advance core development needs and goals. No better example exists than Sir Emeka Offor, a leading Nigerian businessman, who since 2011 has donated $950,000 to Books For Africa (BFA) to ship 1.7 million books and computers valued at over $18 million to children and students in 19 African countries, including his own home country Nigeria.
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 30 million books to 49 different countries since 1988. In 2012, we 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.
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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Thanks to the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, Books For Africa has been filling a lot of empty library shelves across Africa. Last year, the Foundation started an incredible project to ship one million books to Africa by the end of 2014. These books will go to Books For Africa partners in 25 African countries. One such organization is the Better Communities Association in Banjul, The Gambia. BCA received a container of 22,000 books thanks to the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation in March 2014. A ceremony was held to celebrate the book delivery. These books will be distributed to 16 different schools in the greater Banjul area, including the University of Gambia.
Help us welcome our very special guest, Her Excellency Liberata Mulamula, Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United States.
The Nedjo Public Library stays so full of eager students that the staff had to order more chairs after its first month of operation! Just 30 days after opening, a total of 3,926 people had used the library, with 500-600 people visiting each day. It is the first library in Nedjo Town, Oromia Region, Ethiopia. Many of these students had never held a book on their own. Now, they have a beautiful new library filled with books to read.
Books For Africa could not achieve all that we do without the help of our friends and supporters around the globe. One such group, Course Hero, challenges college students to share the gift of education with fellow students at home and abroad. Course Hero student leaders have helped us put more than 100,000 books in the hands of students in the small West African country of The Gambia. Learn more about Course Hero in this guest post from Taylor Stanton, Campus Manger with the Campus Operations Team.
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 7th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. 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.