African Library Project

Luke & Casey Traina

10/01/2018 to 01/01/2019
Doylestown PA

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 ...

Hi - We're brothers who are both interested in reaching out to help developing areas of impoverished countries. I've (Luke) volunteered in Costa Rica, working with orphans and saw for myself the needs of kids in some international countries. I'm hoping to go abroad again this spring to volunteer in either Haiti or Honduras. If this project goes well, we'd like to make this a yearly event.

Our website link:
http://africanlibraryproject.org/book-drives/book-drives-in-action?alpdetail=1332

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

We know that education is the key to success in life and starting a library can help change the lives of thousands of kids. This was something that we could do that can impact an entire community in Ghana.

About our African Partners...

We chose Ghana as our African Partner, because it was the only area available that needed a full community library for youth (rather than just pre-school, just elementary school or just high school). We really felt strongly that we wanted our library to reach all ages in the community. We're hopeful that our library will really make a difference.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Because we're creating a community library, we're collecting books from pre-school through 8th grade.

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

If you'd like to make a contribution to our book drive, please call us at 215-499-5646. We're happy to pick up local donations!

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

We've both saved up money for the past 6 months to fund the drive, but because we've been fortunate enough to receive over 1,000 books already, if you'd like to contribute to the additional funds needed to open a SECOND library, please call us at 215-499-5646.

Here are some ways that you can help...

We'd love help in donating books, helping us continue to pick up local donations or monetary donations to help us cover the additional shipping costs. We also welcome anyone to come help us pack the books up to ship them!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Luke Traina
Email: luke.traina@hotmail.com
Phone: 215-499-5646

Name: Casey Traina
Email: TheTrainas@comcast.net
Phone: 215-499-5646

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $750 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 10/25/18)
1250 books $100 fundraising

Acknowledgements

Thank you to everyone who has helped us in this project! We knew our community would rally together to help those in need, but we didn't expect to collect this many books in just a few weeks! It's amazing to see what a difference we can all make when we work together.

Tips for Other Book Drive Organizers

We decided to reach out to people from all over for donations. We collected from sports teams, through social media and from word of mouth. We asked our mom, grandparents and neighbors to spread the word about our project. People were so happy to help out & get involved.

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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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