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 36 million books to 49 different countries since 1988. Over the past 12 months we have shipped 2.4 million books, 154 computers and 62 e-readers containing 467,000 digital books, as well as 7 new law and human rights libraries to 25 African countries. More than $2.5 million was raised last year to ship the books to the students of Africa.
To learn more about groups currently fundraising to ship books to specific African countries, view the Projects page.
Books For Africa’s new E-reader initiative is set to launch, with initial pilot sets going to recipients in East, West, and South Central Africa. With cultivated content specific to each region, the E-reader initiative will offer a unique opportunity to put regionally appropriate titles in the hands of students who are eager to read.Read Story
Books For Africa Executive Director Patrick Plonski recently returned from Washington, D.C., where he attended the 59th annual meeting of the African Studies Association (ASA), and met with key partners, including USAID and several African Ambassadors.Read Story
David Robinson, Son of Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson, Visits Minnesota to Promote Books For Africa
David Robinson, the son of baseball icon Jackie Robinson, traveled from his home on a coffee cooperative in Tanzania to visit Minnesota September 22-24 to talk about his work with Books For Africa. Robinson, who has lived in Tanzania for more than 30 years, participated earlier this year in a walk across Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, led by BFA Founder Tom Warth to raise money, deliver…Read Story
As part of Books For Africa’s ongoing monitoring and evaluation process, an enhanced post-shipment survey was developed for fiscal year 2016. This direct feedback from recipients allows BFA to identify success points of our current programs, and helps pinpoint where we can improve our process to create the best possible outcomes for recipients.Read Story
David Robinson, son of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, was interviewed during Books For Africa Night at Target Field in Minneapolis before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, He discusses his partnership with Books For Africa, and what it meant to grow up as the son of Jackie Robinson.Read Story