Thomson Reuters Law Books Arrive in Zambia

Thomson Reuters Law Books Arrive in Zambia

Taic Mwanza, warehouse coordinator for Room to Read, left, and Barniston Laimo, librarian for the Zambia Bar Association, with the 20,000+ books donated by Thomson Reuters and Books For Africa.

Law schools and legal institutions across Zambia will benefit from the more than 1,200 law books in the BFA shipment that just arrived in Lusaka. Thomson Reuters generously provided the funding to ship the books and also donated a West core library and many other legal texts. The law books will be distributed to 12 recipients, including the University of Zambia Law School, Zambia Bar Association, Women Lawyer’s Association of Zambia, the National Legal Aid Clinic for Women, the Zambia Human Rights Commission, and the High Courts of Livingston, Kabwe, Ndola, and Kitwe.

Read the Thomson Reuters press release about the arrival of the books in Zambia.

“The rule of law is essential to building fair and stable governments,” said Peter Warwick, chief operating officer for the Professional division of Thomson Reuters. “We are proud to be partnering with Books For Africa on this important work to help advance the rule of law and the legal profession in Zambia and across the continent.”

Thomson Reuters employees went the extra mile by running a book drive at TR headquarters in Eagan, Minnesota, which yielded three pallets of high-quality leisure reading books for the shipment. TR employees also sorted and packed books in the Minnesota BFA warehouse.

This law book donation is part of a $1.2 million partnership between Thomson Reuters and Books For Africa’s Jack Mason Law & Democracy Initiative, which was established last fall and and includes shipments of law libraries to countries across Africa over the next several years.

Zambia Peace Corps Volunteers will distribute the remaining 18,000+ BFA books to primary and secondary schools and libraries across the country. Room to Read has generously donated space in their Zambia warehouse for the books until the Peace Corps Volunteer can collect them.