Sandy's African Book Drive - Changing Lives Page by Page
We are working with the African Library Project to provide books to eager readers in Africa who have very few books. Please help us by collecting and delivering gently used books or by raising money to help pay for shipping to Africa. It takes only 1000 books and $500 (plus a little elbow grease!) to start a single library and make a huge difference in children’s lives.
This book drive is organized by ...
I am Sandy, a retired registered nurse having fun as a volunteer for non profit organizations, tutoring children internationally via SKYPE (In addition to Kenya, I also have students in Nepal & China. I have done lessons with Syrian children in Turkey, in Afghanistan, as well as other one to one students near my home needing English tutoring). A huge focus for tutoring these students is the support and encouragement a tutor can provide. They have consistent contact with someone whom they can tell cares about them and will be there each lesson to help them improve their English, listen to them, and help them with homework. It is not hard to show love and caring across the computer screen and internet connections; it is not hard to see an impact each week. I have friends and family who have been hearing about my precious students for a few years who are willing to help me make this project successful. Every donation will be greatly appreciated, every book, every dollar, every smile and word of encouragement is treasured.
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We want to start a library in Africa because...
My students in western Kenya are 8-year-old second graders. I get so much pleasure from our weekly classes. I was "nudged" significantly a few weeks ago, by my 8 year old student when she was reading a library book I was holding in front of the camera. "I want that book" she emphatically said - the longest sentence I had heard her say. I have sent them a box of books to start a library; they have no books. The African Library Project is not in their area but there are many other schools and community places that are in the same situation - no libraries, no books and very few resources to make that change.
With the help of a local daycare center closure and their generous owner, Jane Childers, I have started the book drive collection with a significant dent in the goal of 1,000 books for Africa! I believe increasing literacy will enable children to improve their learning, to become leaders in their community and eventually increase their options for employment. The areas where the African Library Project is starting libraries are in great need of resources. We can provide help with gently used books - how easy is that???
About our African Partners...
I have not yet been assigned the specific African Partner for this book drive. The receiving facility will be a primary school in the western area of Kenya; I will have more details later in the process. I do know that there will be teachers and administrators rejoicing when they are notified they will be the school to receive assistance in starting a library with the books you have donated; school children will be dancing and singing, and administrators will have happy faces when they realize they will actually have books to use in teaching their children. Children will be able to use books from their very own school library and read to younger children.
Please contribute these kinds of books...
• Books for PRESCHOOL/PRIMARY SCHOOL up to 4th grade:
o Baby board books
o Children’s picture books
o Children’s fiction and non-fiction
o Early readers
o BIG books
o Teacher's resource books for school libraries
o Children’s dictionaries/picture dictionaries
o Children’s encyclopedias/picture encyclopedias
o Children’s thesauruses
o Paperback textbooks in math, English, geography, health, and science at appropriate level (kindergarten to 6th grade). Send no more than two copies of any textbook; these will be used for teacher resources.
o Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
o Children's books teaching life skills about health, hygiene, adolescence and careers
o Accurate up-to-date atlases
o Books about Africa or African-Americans
o Educational children's science and literary magazines in good condition
o Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles
Books that cannot be sent to the African Library Project.
• Books about the United States or Canadian history or government (but DO SEND books about African-Americans)
• Books about North American or religious holidays (Easter, Halloween, Christmas, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, April Fools Day, Valentine’s Day, Chanukah, etc.)
• Books that evangelize or promote a particular religion
• Magazines except for children's educational magazines and National Geographics less than 5 years old
The books may be paperback or bound; New books are welcome but it is expected that gently used books will be the more common donation.
Here's how you can contribute your books...
I hope you will go through your book shelves and don't forget to check your children and grandchildren's books that seem to be unused since they got that electronic reader/tablet. There are book drive boxes at The First United Methodist Church, 7th & Laurel, Port Angeles. We are starting these drives in June 2018 and will end by in October 2018.
We need to raise funds for shipping the books...
The cost for our share of the container for shipping the books out of New Orleans is $250. The expense of shipping the books to New Orleans is a guess. I am setting an estimate of $400. If there is an over collection, I will ship books to the African school where I teach. My paypal account can be used for donations, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call me for where to send checks. You may donate directly to the African Library Project, specifying this drive for a donation for the shipping container expense.
Here are some ways that you can help...
In addition to donations of books and/or money for shipping, your help in spreading the word about the African Book Drive will give a fantastic boost to getting the information spread in our area. If you know where a book drive box can be placed, please contact me. If you would like me to pick up books you have, please call or email me.
Contact us to find out more
Name: Sandra Granger
|Our Goal||1000 books||$650 fundraising|
|Results so far
|813 books||$250 Container fee met fundraising|
Update on Sandy's African Book Drive Project - Changing Lives Page by Page
Donation appreciation to Jane Childers, Laurie Gasnick, Sadie Crowe, Joey & Ole Olson, Tom Humleke Family, Peter Humleker Family and the First United Methodist Church book bin donations! I pick up discards at the North Olympic Library in Port Angeles and recently purchased 82 books a family had donated at Goodwil. There were many nice books for the drive. Thanks for your help, keep the books and $ donations coming. The $250 container fee has been met and sent to the African Library Project organization. We will get the boxes filled and shipped with your help!!
Thank you to everyone who will get involved in this project with me. Those of us who take a book for granted can only imagine what it is like to not have books to read and enjoy. Please help me make it happen for the people of Africa!!
Jane Childers, BoBaggins Day Care Center, Port Angeles. Thank you for your generous donation of books from your center. It was such a boost to get started with this book drive. Bless you!
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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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