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This map highlights the African countries in which a group is fundraising for a book shipment. Scroll over the country that you would like to donate to. Details will show in the pop-up screen or below the map when clicked. Or click on a specific project in the list on the right.

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Books For Africa
253 E. 4th St.
Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55101

Liberia

Lifting Liberia through Books (Concordia Language Villages and Congressman Keith Ellison) - Liberia

Project Goal: $10,300

Current Progress: $5,195 (50.00%)

Project Start: 02/01/2015

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Schools and communities across Liberia are challenged by the limited resources they have for supporting literacy among its citizens. Many school shelves are bare, and public libraries are either non-existent or stand empty.

To complicate the issue even further, as a result of the deadly Ebola crisis in Liberia, the country announced in July 2014 that it was closing all schools across the country to try to stem the spread of the disease. In a country with the low rate of 58% adult literacy and an even lower rate among youth, having months without school and access to book could threaten to lower literacy rates even more.

Concordia Language Villages of Minnesota and Congressman Keith Ellison (Minnesota 5th District Representative) are partnering with Books for Africa to bring books to Liberian communities in need. The goal is to raise enough money to send one full container of 22,000 books to the country. The results of this literacy initiative will go far in giving many Liberian children and communities the chance to fight the cycle of poverty that comes with lack of access to books and education.

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Saclepea-Mah Development Association (SAMDA) - Liberia

Project Goal: $15,000

Current Progress: $3,180 (21.00%)

Project Start: 05/01/2014

Project End: 06/01/2015

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Liberian students face many roadblocks in seeking education. In 2013, 25,000 students who wrote a college entrance exam for one of the two state run universities failed the test. After consideration, a number of students were admitted to the University of Liberia, but the episode shows that the obstacles that Liberian students face are causing real issues in the education system.

For instance, many students in the more remote parts of Liberia walk for more than an hour to get to school. The rainy season makes this walk even more difficult. As there is no school lunch program, students do not have a reliable way to get meals once they arrive. Tired and hungry, a large number of students drop out instead of taking the same long journey each day.

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Make no mistake, there are hundreds and thousands of people [in Africa], young and old, who aspire to an education so that they can become their own agents of change and lead themselves out of the trap of poverty that has kept them down for much too long.

- His Excellency Welile Nhlapo, South African Ambassador to the U.S.
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