Books For Africa

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 33 million books to 49 different countries since 1988.  Over the past 12 months we have shipped 665 computers and 200 e-readers containing 1.6 million digital books, as well as 5 new law and human rights libraries. More than $2.3 million was raised last year to ship the books to the students of Africa.

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

Success Stories & News

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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.


Kenyan Ambassador visits BFA's St. Paul Warehouse

During a recent visit to the BFA Warehouse, His Excellency Ambassador Robinson Njeru Githae announced a donated container of books in memory of the late Mr. Ishmael Nyangau Gitaa, who was father to Mshale founder and Books For Africa past Board President, Tom Gitaa.


Ambassador Wonekha Raises Funds, Awareness in Fight to End African Book Famine


Tanzanian Embassy hosts annual Books For Africa Summit Society reception

Books For Africa held its annual Summit Society Reception at the Tanzanian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Hosted by Her Excellency Liberata Mulamula, Tanzanian Ambassador to the U.S. and this year's Summit Society Chair, the event also welcomed Her Excellency Oliver Wonekha, Ugandan Ambassador to the U.S., and other dignitaries.


Sir Emeka Offor Foundation's partnership with Books For Africa having an impact in Tanzania, across the African continent

The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation has partnered with Books For Africa to deliver 20,000 books to schools in Tanzania! This donation, marked by a ceremony held March 13, 2015, will be distributed to primary, secondary, and University libraries in the Bagamoyo region of Tanzania.


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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









Books For Africa has earned its 3rd consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. This marks the 12th time that BFA has received Charity Navigator’s highest rating since 2002. This rating shows great ability to efficiently manage and grow organizational finances. Books For Africa consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and we are grateful for the continued recognition from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator.
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