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 47 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

EIN 41-1627391

The Latest

Celebrating our 50 Millionth Book

In 2020, Books For Africa aims to ship our 50 millionth book to Africa! Please join us in presenting the 50 millionth book to the Ambassador of Ghana at our annual luncheon.

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Ghana Community Celebrates Book Arrival

Check out the video of the celebration in Ghana when books from our latest shipment of 36,000 arrived in the Ellembelle district!

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Luanne Nyberg Girls Empowerment Fund

Books For Africa (BFA) has established the Luanne Nyberg Girls Empowerment Fund in honor of our late, great former board president, Kilimanjaro Society donor, and friend.

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Supporting Vulnerable Youth in South Africa

FHI 360's Capacity Development and Support (CDS) Program has been hard at work distributing a BFA shipment of about 40,000 books to vulnerable youth across five provinces in South Africa. The books have been used to establish libraries, play centers and resource centers and to improve school resources for young people up to age 24.

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Book Recipients Report Positive Feedback for 2019

The results are in! BFA has collected feedback from recipients in 14 countries for 2019, and the results comprehensively indicate that BFA books are of high quality and are useful to recipients.

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