Success Stories Archive
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.
Course Hero Surpasses 200,000 Books Donated to Gambian Schools
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 delegation visits Malawi, South Africa
A Books For Africa delegation recently returned from a visit to Malawi and South Africa. Comprised of representatives from BFA, Out of Print Clothing, and Merck & Co., the team met with old friends, as well as making some great new connections.
2014 Project for Awesome supports Books For Africa
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!
22,000 Books to Liberian Students Affected by Ebola Outbreak
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.
BFA books distributed across South Sudan
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.
Publishers Weekly profiles BFA-Little Free Library partnership
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.
50,000 French and English Books arrive in Senegal
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.
French Language Books en route to Guinea
Voila! 27,000 new French books are en route from France to our partners in Guinea through a shipment made possible by the generosity of the Nichols Foundation and fundraising by Caleb Wilson.
2014 BFA Warehouse Party a rockin' good time!
Many thanks to all those who attended the annual BFA Warehouse Party at the Minnesota warehouse! Guests enjoyed great music from BFA's own Warehouse Band & other local artists (the McFarlane Brothers of Ipso Facto, Erik Koskinen & Mile One), free drinks, and food truck fare from Cave Cafe. Special thanks to our sponsor Amara Wines!
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)