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Sir Emeka Offor Visits Books For Africa Atlanta Warehouse

October 17th, 2019

Books for Africa was proud to recently host our Nigerian partner, Sir Emeka Offor, at our Atlanta warehouse, accompanied by the Nigerian Minister of Health. Sir Emeka and his team inspected 11 containers of books that we have staged for shipment to his facility in Nigeria in the few weeks!

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Books For Africa Receives "Friend of the Community" Award at 8th Annual African Awards

October 15th, 2019

Books For Africa was honored to receive the “Friend of the Community” award at the 8th African Awards Gala in October at Target Headquarters in Minneapolis. The award recognizes BFA’s work shipping over 46 million books, serving every continent in Africa, while working in close partnership with African diaspora around the world.

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Books for Africa Sends 300,000 Barefoot Books to Mozambique

Judith Rosen

Publishers Weekly

July 8th, 2019

Four canisters loaded with 30,000 copies of 10 different Barefoot Books titles in Portuguese, with a retail value of $6 million, are scheduled to arrive in Mozambique later this summer after being custom-printed in Hong Kong and shipped from its port. The books will be distributed to AIDS orphans and their caregivers. This shipment of 300,000 books is part of a new Books for Africa initiative in which the organization will begin publishing some books in local languages for charitable donation through a partnership with a publisher. Typically, BFA sends used book donations to countries in Africa in English, and occasionally French, Spanish, and Arabic.

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MoneyGram Foundation Grant Provides Access to Education

March 27th, 2019

The MoneyGram Foundation provided a $50,000 grant to Books For Africa to sponsor a shipment of 66,000 books, computers and maps to schools in Ghana, Cameroon, and Ethiopia, and a team of employees in the MoneyGram International Minneapolis office volunteered to sort donated books at Books For Africa’s St. Paul, Minnesota warehouse.

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African Union Summit Highlights East Africa Trip

February 28th, 2019

Books For Africa Founder Tom Warth, Board President Jote Taddese, and Executive Director Patrick Plonski were honored to attend the African Union Summit, held at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia! The Summit was part of a larger trip by BFA leadership, which also included stops in Dubai, Egypt, and Tanzania.

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Books Reach Students in Soweto and Durban, South Africa

January 15th, 2019

Last summer we were pleased to host a group from the MN Orchestra at our Minnesota warehouse, where they helped unveil two beautiful Little Free Libraries to be included in a BFA container shipment to South Africa. These books have now been delivered and distributed, and are contributing to educational opportunity for students in Soweto, South Africa. T

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