African Library Project

Phi Delta Phi Fights Illiteracy In Ghana!

04/01/2011 to 04/30/2011
Sacramento CA

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 ...

Phi Delta Phi is an International Legal Fraternity, established in the year 1869 to promote a higher standard of professional ethics. It is among the oldest of legal organizations in North America. Shields Inn, at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law is but one of over 120 active student Inns of Phi Delta Phi located at law schools throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Poland.

Our website link:!/group.php?gid=136582036380983

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

When I was 9 years old my elementary school had a summer reading contest. The challenge: To read more pages than the principal over the course of summer vacation. I wholeheartedly devoted myself to reading that summer. I had a blast solving mysteries with Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown. I also became good friends with Ramona Quimby, Age 8. By the end of the summer I had read about 7000 more pages than the principal.

When I look back on that summer, I think about how I got my hands on so many books. My family, friends, teachers, the local library, and even the bookstore were all sources that were available to me. This is not the situation in most African villages.

Four out of ten adults in sub-Saharan Africa cannot read or write, a total of 136 million people. And, despite the progress achieved since 1990, the absolute number of African adults who cannot read or write has increased from 131.4 million in 1990 to 136 million in 2000.

Giving these children the opportunity to read and to learn, by providing them with books, is a great way to start changing these rather appalling statistics. It's time to take down the barriers that prevent so many of these children from becoming doctors, teachers, lawyers, astronauts, etc. And it all starts with a book!

About our African Partners...

We are being partnered with S.D.A. Primary School Library in Wenchi, Ghana and Fawohoyeden Community Library in Goaso!

SDA Primary School in Wenchi serves about 503 students who have no books to read other than textbooks. These students like to read after school hours, but they get bored reading the same textbooks over and over. The children would really appreciate puzzles, flash cards, educational games in good condition and stationary in addition to books!

As for the Fawohoyeden Community Library, this school serves about 700 readers. Most of the people are farmers and they grow cash crop such as cocoa. The community is in a forest area and lots of rain. The level of education is very low and the poverty level is high. These children would also appreciate puzzles, flash cards, educational games in good condition and stationary.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We would like to collect books at U.S pre-school-4th grade reading level for our primary school partner, and from pre-school-8th grade reading level for our community library.

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

Phi Delta Phi is collecting books at McGeorge April 1-18.

Embellish Home Decor in Elk Grove also has a donations bin.

We hope to receive all collections by April 23rd, so we can begin sorting and preparing for shipping.

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

We also need to raise at least $500 to ship the books overseas. Money raised on the paypal website goes towards our international shipping cost of $300. Any money raised in excess of $300 on the paypal website will go to the African Library Project in general and not towards our individual shipping costs. So we will also need to collect cash and/or checks directly to pay for the domestic shipping cost which will be at least $200. So if you would like to DONATE TO OUR BOOKDRIVE'S INTERNATIONAL COSTS, then head on over to and (when you get to the last step on Paypal) make sure to ENTER THE CODE G1-22 in the paypal comments field... and thank you so much!!

Here are some ways that you can help...

1. We need your help in spreading the word about this project!
2. We would love any donations of new or gently used preschool-4th grade level books!
3. We also need to gather enough funds to ship the books overseas, so any monetary donations would be greatly appreciated!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Danielle Diebert President, Phi Delta Phi, Shields Inn
Phone: (916) 205-0718

Progress Report

Our Goal 1500 books $600 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: April 25, 2011)
1546 books $747 fundraising


Special thanks to Kristi Peck and Susan Lyons at Embellish Home Decor for spreading the word about the project and helping collect books! Make sure to visit Embellish in Old Elk Grove as Kristi and Susan have a really cool assortment of home decorating items, jewelry, flip flops and much more!

Special thanks to Luisa Diebert for spreading the word, and her wonderful cricut work!

Special thanks to Irene Meyerson and James McKee Elementary for their kind and generous book contributions.

Special thanks to Pete Marino, Laurie Williams, Lisa Pollard, and Jennifer Traficante for their wonderful book donations!

Special thanks to Bookworm used bookstore in Fair Oaks for their generous contribution of over 400 books!

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