Success Stories Archive

Books For Africa Board Members React to the Westgate Tragedy

As Books For Africa was celebrating 25 years of work towards ending the book famine in Africa, tragedy struck half way around the world. On September 21, 2013, jihadists stormed Nairobi’s upscale shopping center, the Westgate Mall, firing indiscriminately. This violence struck home with all Books For Africa supporters. We support our cause in hopes of creating a more peaceful future for people across the African continent through education. Especially for supporters who are members of the African diaspora, this act of violence highlights the importance of initiatives to create peace. Photo credit: Thomson Reuters

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BFA Saw Great Success at 25th Anniversary Gala and Warehouse Party!

On September 20, 2013, Books For Africa celebrated 29 million books and 25 years at the BFA 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee Gala. We hosted a big event to celebrate all of the people and projects that have helped us in our mission to end the book famine in Africa. The following day, we hosted the annual Books For Africa Warehouse Party/Braii at our new St. Paul warehouse. With so many folks in town for the anniversary, the Warehouse Party was a great success! Cover Photo Credit: Loren Swanson

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French Books Are Bound for Guinea!

Books For Africa is thrilled that a container of 50,000 French books is on the way from a partner in France to Guinea for our friends at Hope of Guinea! The books should arrive soon to fill libraries in Guinea with high-quality French-language books so that students can read, learn, and grow.

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A Special Visit at the Atlanta Warehouse: Sir Emeka Offor representative checks-in on books bound for Africa

Books For Africa was pleased to host a site visit from the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation at our Atlanta warehouse earlier this month. The purpose of the visit was to inspect BFA material for shipment to Africa under the latest collaboration with the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation. The partnership will send 52 containers of books and educational materials (over 1.1 million books!) to 18 African countries over the next two years. It will also send an additional 16 containers of books and materials to Nigeria in the months ahead. Thank you, SEOF, for leading the way again!

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Lucky Number Seven: BFA earns a 4-star ranking for seventh year running

Books For Africa is proud to be named a 4-Star Charity by Charity Navigator for the seventh consecutive year! This is the highest rating an organization can receive from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-widely used evaluator of charities.

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One Million Books For Africa from the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation

Books For Africa recently received our largest single donation ever! In May 2013, a generous donation of $600,000 was received from the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation of Nigeria. This gift will be used to send 1,000,000 books to students in countries across the Africa continent including: Nigeria, The Gambia, Somalia, Liberia, Tanzania, Namibia, Senegal, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Botswana, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Egypt, South Sudan, and Chad.

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Books For Africa 25th Anniversary Events in Washington, D.C., and New York City

May and June have been busy months for BFA. We hosted our first ever Harvard Club Breakfast for high level donors in the New York City area. Held in conjunction with Book Expo America and the United Nations, BFA big wigs mingled with other literary characters from around the world. While there, BFA Executive Director, Patrick Plonski, and Board secretary, Tammie Follett, presented our friends from Out of Print Clothing 9 http://outofprintclothing.com/) with the 2013 Books For Africa Award of Merit. Out of Print Clothing does more than make really hip shirts of the covers of our favorite books. They are one of the largest donors to Books For Africa! For every shirt they sell, they send one book to Africa. With their growing popularity, they have certainly sent a lot of books.

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Contributing to the “Knowledge Economy” in Africa at Spring Fundraisers with Ambassador Rasool of South Africa

Books For Africa was honored to host His Excellency Ebrahim Rasool, Ambassador of South Africa to the United States, to join us as our keynote speaker for our annual fundraising events on May 15, 2013 in St. Paul, MN, USA. Representing one of the fastest growing economies in the world, His Excellency Rasool spoke of the importance of education and literacy in the rise of Africa.

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The Stout Books For Africa Walk: Great Success!

For a man who made a living working with cars, Tom Warth, the founder of Books For Africa, sure does love to take walks. From April 26th-28th, 2013, Tom Warth and a contingency of BFA supporters took a hike from the University of Wisconsin Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin, to the Books For Africa office in St Paul, Minnesota, a total distance of 68 miles. Each walker carried a college level book donated by the university on the first part of its journey to Africa.

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A Big Day for Chain of Hope Schools in Uganda

“The Books have arrived! THANK YOU! And as expected, the kids are super excited-they had to get a day off from study because they just couldn’t concentrate in class. The big truck (which the children thought was a bus!) couldn’t pass through the school gate so we had to ferry the books with another smaller vehicle to one of the classrooms as we await distribution to all beneficiaries.” - Agnes Igoye, container captain for Chain of Hope Uganda project

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In Kenya, we were in a small village and the students had a wonderful school. They were eager to learn. They had motivated teachers, but they didn’t have any books in the school. They had no library. And so, imagine how proud I was to open up this box of shiny new encyclopedias and dictionaries from Books For Africa. They want more of your books. They can’t wait. They can’t get enough of these books.

U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison (MN)