Congresswoman Betty McCollum Introduces House Resolution 3701 to Send More Books to Africa

Congresswoman Betty McCollum Introduces House Resolution 3701 to Send More Books to Africa

Patrick Plonski, BFA Executive Director, inducts Congresswoman Betty McCollum into the Kilimanjaro Society of Books For Africa.

At a VIP breakfast on Oct. 3 honoring Kilimanjaro Society members, Congresswoman McCollum made a surprise announcement that she has introduced House Resolution 3701, called “More Books For Africa,” which calls for a major appropriation to ship more books to Africa. Congressman Keith Ellison is a co-sponsor.

Congresswoman McCollum remarked: "As a mother, I can’t think of anything more powerful than putting a book in the hand of my child. Books For Africa not only reinforces the importance of children learning, but help adults to fulfill their dream of living in a country full of hope and opportunity."

You can view House Resolution 3701 here. Please help secure the funding necessary to send more books to Africa by supporting this legislation. If you are a constituent of a House member on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs or the House Committee on Appropriations, please encourage them to sign on!

Books For Africa was also honored to welcome Ambassador Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga, the Permanent Representative of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United Nations. Ambassador Mahiga said about BFA: “I don’t know how to describe the value, the infinite value, of books and the knowledge in there. And you bring it to Africa. You make a tremendous contribution to one of the key and pivotal sectors in any developing country.”

View photos from the Kilimanjaro Breakfast.

The breakfast was hosted by Books For Africa in cooperation with Congresswoman Betty McCollum. John Rupp and The University Club sponsored the event. Kilimanjaro Society members are donors who have contributed between $1,000 and $4,999 a year to Books For Africa.

From left: H.E. Ambassador Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga of Tanzania, Kjell Bergh of Borton Overseas, and Congresswoman Betty McCollum.