Success Stories Archive
Images of Alexandria Library Brought to Life by Director General Dr. Ismail Serageldin
In partnership with the MN Friends of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, BFA was honored to host Dr. Ismail Serageldin, Director General of the Alexandria Library in Egypt, for a presentation on the history and current role of this historic institution. Also on hand for the occasion was special guest His Excellency Mohamed Tawfik, Egyptian Ambassador to the U.S. Dr. Serageldin received a standing ovation for his engaging, informative, and visually stunning presentation, capping a wonderful night of learning and fellowship.
World Bank: Books Critical to Improving Education in Sub-Saharan Africa
A recent World Bank report ( May 2015 ) emphasizes the urgent need to get textbooks into the hands of every student in sub-Saharan Africa. This report is part of a growing body of evidence reinforcing the efficiency and efficacy of putting the right books in the hands of African learners. The report states that "No other input is likely to be more cost effective than making high-quality learning materials available to all students…" Other studies have reached similar conclusions to the 2015 World Bank report.
Books For Africa Hosts Mandela Washington Fellows Delegation
Cass and Andy Stillman hosted Books For Africa’s 2015 Kilimanjaro Society Reception at their beautiful residence in Woodland, MN. We were fortunate to be joined this year by special guests, a delegation of twenty-five Young African Leaders participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute. The YALI delegates also spent time volunteering at our St. Paul, MN warehouse in conjunction with Nelson Mandela International Day, named for the late South African leader and dedicated to service in his honor.
Accountable and Transparent: BFA receives 4th Consecutive 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator
Books For Africa has earned its 4th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. This marks the 13th time that BFA has received Charity Navigator’s highest rating since 2002. This rating shows great ability to efficiently manage and grow organizational finances.
BFA Delivers 2.4 Million Books to Africa in 2015
Books For Africa is proud to announce that 2.4 million educational, library and law books valued at over $33 million have been delivered to 21 African countries in the fiscal year ended June 30. In addition, BFA has shipped 223 computers and 11 new law and human rights law libraries. More than $2.3 million was raised last year to ship the books to the students of Africa.
Kenyan Ambassador visits BFA's St. Paul Warehouse
During a recent visit to the BFA Warehouse, His Excellency Ambassador Robinson Njeru Githae announced a donated container of books in memory of the late Mr. Ishmael Nyangau Gitaa, who was father to Mshale founder and Books For Africa past Board President, Tom Gitaa.
Ambassador Wonekha Raises Funds, Awareness in Fight to End African Book Famine
Tanzanian Embassy hosts annual Books For Africa Summit Society reception
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.
Over 27,000 BFA French language Books to be distributed across Guinea
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.