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.

BFA's Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic:

In these unprecedented times, we understand that things are changing quickly and people are concerned about what the future holds for themselves, for their friends and family, and for the organizations they support.

BFA wishes to reassure our friends and supporters that our mission continues across the African continent. From our administrative headquarters in Saint Paul and our Georgia and Minnesota warehouses, we continue to monitor changes that affect us and our partners such as port closures and public health directives in the U.S. and in African nations. In response to the orders of national and local authorities, BFA is conducting operations as remotely as possible and postponing events as necessary to protect our staff, volunteers, partners and friends.

The book famine in Africa doesn't stop at difficult times like this, and neither do we. Upheavals in Africa disrupt education and access to books in countries that are already some of the most vulnerable. This makes our mission more critical than ever. We are still accepting donations of books to be sent to Africa, as well as donations of funds to support our mission. We continue to work for education in Africa, and now, more than ever, we appreciate and thank you for your continued support!

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

Contact Books for Africa

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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