Books For Africa

A simple name for an organization with a simple mission. We collect, sort, ship, and distribute books to students of all ages in Africa. Our goal: to end the book famine in Africa.

Books For Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 46 million books to all 55 countries on the African continent since 1988.  Last year alone, Books For Africa shipped 3.3 million books, and 155 computers and e-readers containing over 400,000 digital books, to 29 African countries. More than $2.7 million was raised last year to ship these books to the students of Africa.

To learn more about groups currently fundraising to ship books to specific African countries, view the Projects page.

To learn more about the Jack Mason Law & Democracy Initiative, Agricultural Libraries, or French Books view the Special Initiatives page

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Books For Africa is a simple idea, but its impact is trans­formative. For us, literacy is quite simply the bridge from misery to hope.

Kofi Annan, former U.N. Secretary-General

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BFA and Thomson Reuters Celebrate 100th Law Library Shipped to Africa

Books For Africa and Thomson Reuters recently celebrated the shipment of their 100th law library to the African continent at an event with distinguished guests from both organizations, and congratulatory letters from former Vice President Walter Mondale and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.

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BFA Supports Education in Uganda with Bega kwa Bega

Books For Africa recently delivered a 40-foot container of assorted text and reference books to partner organization Bega kwa Bega (Shoulder to Shoulder), which works to promote education in Uganda. The books will be used by over 2,000 teachers and nearly 55,000 students!

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"Million Books to The Gambia" Initiative Continues to Deliver

BFA board member Lamin "Lang" Dibba recently traveled to The Gambia, where he was present for the arrival of the latest delivery under the Million Books for The Gambia project - a container of about 30,000 textbooks and library books.

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BFA Books Reach 22 Schools in Zambia

A BFA shipment of over 400 boxes of books recently arrived in Zambia! In partnership with the Ministry of Education and Children in the Wilderness, the books were distributed to 22 schools around the Livingstone area.

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Bookmobile Project Distributes Books to Rural Schools in Kenya

Books for Africa recently completed a shipment of over 22,000 primary and secondary level books, with a total value of over a quarter million dollars, to the Bookmobile Project, in partnership with Kisii University in Kenya. The shipment consisted of primary and secondary level books that were distributed to over 70 schools in western Kenya.

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