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!
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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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.
Both individually and together, two Upper Midwest nonprofit organizations are reaching beyond America’s heartland to fulfill their mission of making books accessible to all. In 1988 Books for Africa was founded in St. Paul, Minn. Little Free Library was founded in Hudson, Wis., in 2009 and works on all seven continents. The two have partnered on shipping books to Africa for distribution to schools and libraries there since 2013.
Two containers holding 50,000 books have been delivered to Peace Corps Volunteers in Senegal thanks to the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation and The Nichols Foundation.
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.