St. Paul Nonprofit Books for Africa Marks 50 Millionth Book Shipped

Becca Most

St. Paul Pioneer Press

December 22nd, 2020

Books for Africa — a St. Paul nonprofit founded in 1988 that is the largest shipper of donated library and textbooks to the African continent — this month will mark its 50 millionth book sent.


Ending the Book Famine in Africa

Jan Willms

Saint Paul Monitor

December 18th, 2020

Books for Africa (BFA) will be shipping its 50 millionth book to Africa by the end of 2020. Quite an achievement for a Saint-Paul based organization that started in 1989 with a simple mission: End the book famine in Africa. In 1988, Tom Warth visited a library in Uganda and saw that books were almost non-existent, and the few that occupied the shelves were tattered and worn. Returning to Saint Paul, he started BFA in an effort to provide education through books to African students of all ages.


Former BFA Board Member Profiled by Star Tribune

Neal St. Anthony

Star Tribune

July 28th, 2020

Longtime BFA donor, supporter, and former board member Henry Bromelkamp was featured in a recent story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, about his philanthropic work and recovery from a recent traumatic brain injury.


Atlanta Newspaper Covers BFA's Work to Fight the Covid-19 Pandemic

Pamela Miller

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

April 10th, 2020

In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, Books For Africa continues to assist medical personnel with needed medical resource books and students with instructional materials. With the help of a recently approved $150,000 grant from the Merck Foundation, BFA is providing thousands of medical resource books in print and medical e-books to doctors, nurses and medical students across the African continent.


Medical Reference Books Donated to Health Practitioners in Tumu

Ghana News Agency

News Ghana

March 19th, 2020

Reference books on viruses and other contagious diseases were donated to health practitioners in the Sissala East Municipality, as part of an initiative with Books For Africa.


Concordia Language Villages Blog Highlights BFA Publishing Initiative

Chelsea Rosendale


March 11th, 2020

Concordia Language Villages' WorldView blog ran a post highlighting two of BFA's initiatives - BFA Publishing and the Girls Empowerment Collection - for their effort in using language and culture to build a love of reading.