African Library Project

From Indonesia to Africa

01/01/2011 to 03/01/2011
Bellevue WA

The African Library Project brings gently used books to an African community that has lots of eager readers but very few books. Please help by collecting and delivering gently used books or by raising money to help pay for shipping to Africa. It only takes 1000 books and $500 to start a single library (and a little elbow grease!)

This book drive is organized by ...

Hi! My name is Fiona. I come from Indonesia and I live in Bellevue, WA. Being a preschool teacher, I get to watch the joy and fascination my students show when they are flipping pages of books in our library. Do you still remember your favorite story that your parents read to you when you were little? Or the first book that you could read by yourself? I do. Those moments have changed my life. Having access to books enabled me to dream as a child, and opened doors to places in my life as an adult that I wouldn't have had otherwise. My hope is simply to give every child an opportunity to have that same wonderful world of imagination that I was given by a world of books.

Our website link:
http://www.newportchildrensschool.com/staff-fiona.html

We want to start a library in Africa because...

Books change lives. One community at a time. For now, God has put the children of Swaziland in my heart. I'm also learning from this experience, so that one day I can establish more children's libraries in my own country, Indonesia.

About our African Partners...

Children in The Kingdom of Swaziland (Umbuso weSwatini) are the ones who are going to receive the books we collect here in United States. A thousand books are enough to build a small children's library there.
More about Swaziland: http://africanlibraryproject.org/images/stories/africanlibraries/factsheets/swaziland.pdf

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Pre-school to 4th grade reading level.
Here are some ideas
Preschool: *Baby Board Books *Children’s picture books *BIG books
Primary School: * Children’s fiction and non-fiction * Early readers * Teacher's resource books for school libraries * Children’s dictionaries/picture dictionaries * Encyclopedias less than 15 years old * Children’s encyclopedias/picture encyclopedias * Children’s thesauruses * Paperback textbooks in math, English, geography, health, and science at appropriate level (kindergarten to 4th grade) * Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love) * Children’s health books * Accurate up-to-date atlases * Books about Africa or African-Americans * Educational children's science and literary magazines in good condition * Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles

Here's how you can contribute your books...

You can either:
Personally hand them over to me (Time and Place: TBA)
Ship them to my house: 4436 149th Ave SE. Bellevue, WA, 98006.
Drop them off at my workplace: Newport Children's School. 12930 SE Newport Way. Bellevue, WA 98006.
Or at my church: International Full Gospel Fellowship (IFGF) GISI Seattle 12345 8th Ave. NE Seattle, WA 98125.

We need to raise funds for shipping the books...

I'm trying to raise $500.
Here are a couple ways to donate the money:
Write a check to Fiona Winoto and send it to my house or personally give it to me. PS: Please write African Library Project at the bottom of the check.
Send the fund through Paypal: fionawinoto@yahoo.com. PS: Please write African Library Project in the information section.
- A little goes a long way -

Here are some ways that you can help...

Share about the book-drive to your friends who might be interested to support it: http://africanlibraryproject.org/book-drives/book-drives-in-action?alpdetail=114
Contribute books/money.
Prayer support.
Words of encouragement.
Ideas to collect more books and to raise the funds.
Availability to help picking up donated books from different places.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Fiona Winoto
Email: fionawinoto@yahoo.com
Phone: (206) 422 8125

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising

Acknowledgements

Thank you to International Full Gospel Fellowship Seattle Washington team for putting heart into Changing Nations and for providing a storage space for the books. Together we can make a difference :)
Thank you to Newport Children's School B/A School Students for supporting this book drive through their Charity of The Month Program, You guys are awesome!! :)
Thank you for having the passion to make the world a better place to live in by sharing your resources: Kaitlin Leaf, Yasmin Sorto, Kathy Williams, Elizabeth Calora

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About the African Library Project

Learn more about the African Library Project at http://www.africanlibraryproject.org.
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