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 32 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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Books For Africa held its annual Summit Society Reception at the Tanzanian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Hosted by Her Excellency Liberata Mulamula, Tanzanian Ambassador to the U.S. and this year's Summit Society Chair, the event also welcomed Her Excellency Oliver Wonekha, Ugandan Ambassador to the U.S., and other dignitaries.
Sir Emeka Offor Foundation's partnership with Books For Africa having an impact in Tanzania, across the African continent
The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation has partnered with Books For Africa to deliver 20,000 books to schools in Tanzania! This donation, marked by a ceremony held March 13, 2015, will be distributed to primary, secondary, and University libraries in the Bagamoyo region of Tanzania.
We are pleased to report that Peace Corps Guinea has received this container of over 27,000 new French language books, which will be distributed for use in local libraries across the country. This project, initiated prior to the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa, persevered through the challenges brought on by the crisis, even as Peace Corps volunteers were evacuated from the region. Local teachers and Peace Corps staff worked diligently to process the 557 boxes of materials, readying them for distribution to 34 villages, where they will allow students, teachers and communities to continue teaching and learning despite the Ebola outbreak.
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 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.