Success Stories Archive
Kenyan Ambassador Robinson Njeru Githae Headlines 2016 Books Change Lives Fundraising Luncheon
Last week, Books For Africa held our annual Books Change Lives fundraising luncheon in St. Paul, Minnesota. This year's keynote speaker was His Excellency Ambassador Robinson Njeru Githae, Kenyan Ambassador to the United States.
Ugandan Ambassador hosts annual Books For Africa Summit Society reception in Washington, D.C.
Books For Africa held its annual Summit Society Reception at the Ugandan Embassy in Washington, D.C., hosted by Her Excellency Oliver Wonekha, Ugandan Ambassador to the U.S. and this year's Summit Society Chair. The event also welcomed His Excellency Garang Diing Akuong, South Sudanese Ambassador to the U.S., His Excellency Lt. General Joseph Henry Smith, Ghanaian Ambassador to the U.S., and His Excellency Ernest Ndabashinze, Burundi Ambassador to the U.S. Thomson Reuters, represented by Sharon Sayles-Belton, vice president, Government Affairs and Community Relations, was the platinum sponsor for this event.
Back To Where It All Began
In 1988, BFA founder Tom Warth visited the town library in Jinja, Uganda. He was dismayed to see that the shelves were quite bare & in dire need of good, quality books. Last month, Tom returned to the Jinja Library with Executive Director Pat Plonski to celebrate the creation of BFA there 28 years ago!
Books For Africa Atlanta Moves to New Space, Doubles Capacity
Books For Africa is growing! To better accommodate that growth, and to better serve the organizations and individuals with whom we partner, our Atlanta Warehouse recently moved into a new, much larger space.
BFA Founder Walks Across Zanzibar for Literacy
BFA founder Tom Warth decided to celebrate his 80th birthday by walking across Zanzibar Island in East Africa, all in the name of ending the African book famine! Tom has also walked across The Gambia and scaled Mount Kilimanjaro to promote literacy and education in Africa. Having just completed the two day trek in "pretty fearsome heat and humidity," Tom reports that he is "feeling the pain," from the walk, but otherwise well and is enthusiastic about the impact the walk will have on communities and schools in the area.
Locally Grown, Internationally Known
Recent fundraising events in Saint Paul, Minnesota and Atlanta, Georgia have delivered over 66,000 high-quality books, computers, and other educational supplies to libraries and classrooms across the African continent!
Different roads to success in Kenya and Sierra Leone
40 foot containers of BFA books have recently been delivered to Kisii University in Kenya and the Sierra Leone Book Trust. Read more to learn about the different models these organizations used to successfully organize their container projects, and see feedback from recipients! Nelson Mandela said that "no country can really develop unless its citizens are educated," and this idea lies at the heart of BFA's mission. By putting high quality educational materials into the hands of as many African learners as possible, we can help to empower the next generation of African leaders, and promote social and economic development across the African continent.
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.