About Books for Africa

A simple name for an organization with a simple mission: to end the book famine in Africa. We collect, sort, ship, and distribute books to African students of all ages. With your help, we will help create a culture of literacy and provide the tools of empowerment to the next generation of parents, teachers, and leaders in Africa.

Books For Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 38 million books to 49 different countries since 1988.  Over the past 12 months we have shipped 2.4 million books, 154 computers and 62 e-readers containing 467,000 digital books, as well as 7 new law and human rights libraries to 25 African countries. More than $2.5 million was raised last year to ship the books to the students of Africa.

Books For Africa Board & Staff

Books For Africa’s leadership and board provide energy and passion for our mission, with an emphasis on organizational commitment to accountability, transparency, and fiscal responsibility. Coming from a wide variety of professional and cultural backgrounds, these individuals are integral to BFA’s ongoing development and growth.

Why Books?

At Books For Africa, we believe that education is the great equalizer in the world, and books are at the foundation of a strong educational system. Access to an education is one of the only opportunities young people have to end the cycle of poverty and attain a better quality of life than previous generations.

How We Know It Works

A recent World Bank report (May 2015) emphasizes the urgent need to get textbooks into the hands of every student in sub-Saharan Africa. This report is part of a growing body of evidence reinforcing the efficiency and efficacy of putting the right books in the hands of African learners. The report states that "No other input is likely to be more cost effective than making high-quality learning materials available to all students…"

Special Initiatives

In addition to standard book order categories, Books For Africa has special initiatives that target specific needs of recipients: The Jack Mason Law and Democracy Initiative supports the rule of law and promotes human rights, Agricultural Libraries provide a comprehensive toolset for farmers and students, and our French Books Program provides appropriate materials for those in Francophone countries.