African Library Project

The Ramirez Family African Library Project

12/07/2011 to 05/31/2012
Fairfield 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 ...

Irenee is a former Peace Corps Volunteer to Lesotho, Southern Africa who taught Science and English Lit. Books are in very short supply in Africa and reading books for fun is unheard of. A book lover herself, Irenee was looking for a way to donate books her children had outgrown. The African Library Project creates libraries in Africa and ensures the library\'s longevity. The library the Ramirez family has been partnered with in Malawi is requesting books for babies through 8th grade as well as community resource books. Appropriate materials include baby board books, children’s fiction/non-fiction, gardening, ecology, accounting, animal husbandry, health books, reference materials like encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, world maps, recent national geographic magazines, children’s magazines, colored paper, markers and pencils.

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

Books are so rare in many parts of the world. This is a great project run by a fabulous woman who starts libraries in Africa and ensures their longevity. If you find that you have extra children\'s books that you would like to clear out of your house and donate, please let me know. If you are in California or Oregon, I will even make arrangements to pick them up! I am a former Peace Corps Volunteer... to Lesotho, Africa and books were in very short supply. We are starting a community library in Malawi, so books from baby board books to high school aged books are needed, even encyclopedia sets! Books (and monetary donations for shipping to Africa) needed by May of 2012. Please share with others. Thank you so much!

About our African Partners...

We have been teamed up with Makumba School Library in Malawi.

The educational system in Malawi consists of 8 years in primary school, 4 in secondary school and 4 at University. Starting in the year 5 of primary school, all subjects are taught in English. School enrollment has historically been low. However in 1994, free primary education for all children was introduced and enrollment in primary schools nearly tripled.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We are starting a community library so books from preschool age to an 8th grade reading level are needed. If you are unsure if a book is right just donate it anyway. Maybe you have some old school books such as math, history, science, English dictionaries, or encyclopedias you could donate. Even world maps, kids magazines and National Geographic magazines are needed. Art supplies such as colored paper, colored markers and pencils. When we start sorting the books, any books not quite right for the Library Project will be donated stateside to another worthy cause!

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

It is so easy! Let me know if you have books to donate. I will come to you (if you are in California or Oregon)! Or you can email me or call me (916) 320-3104.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Don\'t have books? Do you have extra boxes? Packing tape? Time? We will need to pack the books in boxes for shipping to New Orleans where they will be loaded onto a freighter ship bound for Africa.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Irenee Ramirez
Phone: 916-320-3104

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 04-15-12)
850 books $0 fundraising

We have collected 850 books already! Just a small donation from everyone adds up and it\'s TAX DEDUCTIBLE! My thanks go out to everyone. Thank you so much!

I will pick up the books for you, just let me know!

Frew Tibebu called me with some books to donate to the library. We didn\'t know each other before he called but such a great person with a wonderful amazing story.

I would like to meet like-minded people who may have books or boxes sitting around collecting dust that others may make wonderful use of. Please call me to arrange a pick up 916-320-3104.

Thank you!


Thank you to: Emmett Keyser, Payal & Pooja Maharaj, Frew Tibebu, Liam Heffernan, Candy, Cody & Emily Dusky, and Jean Keyser!

Thank you so much for your participation. Please share with others and spread the good deeds of the African Library Project.

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