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Working Towards a Book for Every Pupil in the Dadaab Refugee Camps

Lyndsay Nywira

The Star

December 9th, 2019

Abdullahi Mire's goal is to put a book in the hands of every child in the Dadaab Refugee Camps in Kenya. This December, in partnership with Books For Africa, he is providing 20,000 books to start a community library in the camps.

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Books For Africa 2019 Fall Newsletter

November 19th, 2019

Books For Africa is fortunate to have a variety of dedicated partners, both individuals and organizations, who help us make sure the books get to their destination. Their efforts are critical to our mission, and this month's newsletter highlights the work of just a few of them.

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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. Read to Recovery began with psychology instructor Barb Houle's idea to help schools, health centers and hospitals over in the South African country of eSwatini — 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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