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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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BFA books arrive in Democratic Republic of the Congo

On September 27th, 2014 the Congo American Language Institute (CALI), an Embassy owned English language school, hosted an event for over 200 local Kinshasa schools with around 300 English language teachers in attendance for the distribution of materials from Books For Africa. In attendance were the U.S. Ambassador, Vice Minister of Education, and Ms. Ellen Masi - the public Affairs Officer from the Embassy. All of the speakers praised the work of Books for Africa. In addition to the 200 schools in Kinshasa, this project will also distribute books to rural areas of the DRC, with a goal of getting books to all regions of the country. This shipment was made possible by the generous support of the Rotary Club of Northfield, MN, USA and Out of Print Clothing.

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Mandela Day Libraries project receives books sponsored by the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation

The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation's partnership with BFA continues to provide books to students across the African continent, most recently delivering a container of books to South African students through the Mandela Day Libraries 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)
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