Success Stories Archive
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.
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.