African Library Project

The Read to Success- Youth Helping Youth

01/01/2012 to 02/01/2012
Bloomington MN

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 ...

Hello Everyone! My name is Biftu Abdo, and I am an 18 year old student who is determined to change the world day by day. I have many aspirations and I wish to attain these goals with the help of my community. United as one working towards providing success and a happy future for many disadvantaged across the globe, this Book Drive is just one baby step in accomplishing that. Our team, consisting of youth between the ages of six to eighteen years of age, is determined to raise 1,000 books AND fundraise $500 to ship it to our partner school in Africa. We all carry the desire to be a leader and change a life. From the bottom of my heart, I hope you find it within yourself to donate and start taking steps to change the world. Be that change.

The aim of The Read to Success- Youth Helping Youth Book Drive is to allow youth to participate in fundraisers, raise awareness about illiteracy in the world and play an active role in their community in hopes of aiding other youth in developing countries by creating a library in schools.

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

Many children at elementary schools in these developing countries don’t read because they don’t own any books. This is the devastating truth. As youth, we are so fortunate to have huge libraries, schools that provide free books, and the oppurtunity to not only access these books, but actually go to school.
Inability to read is linked to poverty, dependence on welfare, unemployment, and crime. On average, children in
Economically poor communities have 1-2 age-appropriate books in their homes.

The heart of this fundraiser is to be able to provide that for someone in more need of it them ourselves.

About our African Partners...

To be updated later.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

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

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

Aside from collecting books, we need to raise funds shipping the books. You can participate by donating directly to our drive, or contributing to one of our local fundraisers near you!

Here are some ways that you can help...

Please donate brand new books or books that look like new for elementary school aged children that are in great-to-okay shape. You can also donate money, help us fundraise an event, give us ideas for fundraisers, put up posters/ flyers or donate supplies! With your help we can give hope to hundreds of deserving children, simply by giving them a chance…a chance to read, succeed, and make a difference.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Biftu Abdo
Phone: 613-262-6403

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: )
0 books $0 fundraising

To be updated later.

It just takes that one person to make that change....BE THAT CHANGE! This fundraiser is held by a group of youth from the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa. Youth taking initiative to help other youth around the world. Keep a look out for upcoming fundraisers at a location near you!


It takes more than a pocket full of money to make a difference in the world. It takes heart, compassion, awareness, initiative, love and support. Every single one of you that contribute to this drive possess these qualities. From the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa, THANK YOU! Thank you to all sponsors, volunteers, donors and contributors. You are awesome!

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