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Former Mayo employee now works in Botswana to build reading culture

Matthew Stolle

PostBulletin

November 1st, 2019

When Andrea Malenya moved to Botswana, leaving behind her Mayo Clinic job and her Rochester home for a stint as a Peace Corps volunteer, it was strictly viewed as a short-term thing. She never imagined that the South African country would become her home. Nor that her work would revolve around her love of books and helping to instill a culture of reading in the country.

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Making connections through books; Austin woman helps bring books to people in Africa

Hannah Yang

Austin Daily Herald

August 27th, 2019

From the beginning of its story, Read To Recovery’s plot continues to thicken as the program continues to thrive. Having started off with an idea to help provide schools, health centers and hospitals over in the South African country of Eswatinia — formerly known as Swaziland before its new name change in 2018 — get access to reading material for patients who were recovering from various treatments and procedures.

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IBPA Member Barefoot Books Partners with Books For Africa to Promote Literacy in Mozambique

Christopher Locke

Independent Book Publishers Association

August 26th, 2019

Recently, IBPA member and independent publisher Barefoot Books partnered with Books For Africa to ship 300,000 copies of their bestselling titles to orphans with AIDS and their caregivers in Mozambique. IBPA was impressed with this sizable and noteworthy project, so we spoke to Barefoot Books’ Co-Founder and CEO Nancy Traversy to see how it all came to be.

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Little Free Library Marks A Decade Of Book Sharing

Jacqueline G. Goodwin

Harrisburg Magazine

July 2nd, 2019

Ten years ago, the late Todd Bol built a doll-sized schoolhouse out of wood, filled it with his mother’s books and put it outside his house as a neighborhood book exchange. When asked why he did this, he said he was simply paying homage to his mother, a school teacher and lover of books who had recently passed away. Over the years, what originally started as a way to honor his mother has now snowballed into a worldwide book-sharing movement.

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Books For Africa 2019 Summer Newsletter

June 20th, 2019

2019 has been a record setting year at BFA! As we approach the end of our fiscal year on June 30th, we have surpassed 3.2 million books shipped to Africa this year, already a new record. We are on track to see a remarkable 42% increase over last year's shipping total. Check out our summer newsletter to learn more about our record-setting year, and see what BFA has been doing as we work to end the African book famine.

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Book donation to benefit thousands of children nationwide

Mpofu Sthandile

Social TV South Africa

June 17th, 2019

Children cannot learn to read, or love to read, if they do not have access to books and stories. That’s why the DG Murray Trust (DGMT) and FNB have teamed up with Books For Africa and logistics company DSV to get books into the hands of approximately 80 000 children across the country

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