African Library Project

Hearts for Ghana

02/01/2012 to 05/15/2012
Houston TX

The African Library Project brings gently used books to an African community that has lots of eager readers but very few books. Please help by collecting and delivering gently used books or by raising money to help pay for shipping to Africa. It only takes 1000 books and $500 to start a single library (and a little elbow grease!)

This book drive is organized by ...

Hearts for Ghana is led by two high school sophomores, Lucia and Connie, along with 9 of their close friends (Alan, Amanda, Anna, Daniel, Linh, Robin, Samuel, Sunny and Theresa) and their adult supervisor, Pastor Benjamin Lam.

About our African Partners...

Our partner in Ghana is Bepong Roman Catholic School Library which serves about 350 students and the community.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

GENTLY used preschool-8th grade books! We prefer paperback books, as they are cheaper to ship than hardback. A more extensive list of other books we\'re looking for is listed below.

Be sure to check the following lists before you donate any of your books!

Please donate:
-Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
-Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
-Accurate up-to-date atlases
-Books about Africa or African-Americans
-Educational children\'s science and literary magazines in good condition
-Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles
-Dictionaries
-Thesauruses
--Math books (including algebra, geometry, and pre-calculus), english books (focusing on grammar or comprehension), geography books, health books, science books including general science, biology, chemistry, and physics at appropriate level. Send no more than two copies of any textbook, these will be used as a teacher resource
-Books like Chicken Soup for the Soul (inspiring stories with life skills lessons)
-Agriculture
-Animal husbandry
-Gardening
-Health
-Business
-Current events
-Ecology
-National Geographic (less than 5 years old)

Please DO NOT donate:
-Books that are filled with small print or no pictures.
-Books with lots of slang, which may be difficult for English learners to follow
-Books for very young children that have many references to appliances and electronic gadgets.
-Adult paperback romance novels
-Books about United States history or government.
-Books about 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

Here are some ways that you can help...

Go through your dusty overflowing bookshelves and pick out all those books you no longer want and bring them to a collection site to be announced.

Spread the word about this project. Ask your parents to donate money or tell your classmates and teachers about donating their old books.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Lucia H.
Email: bookstoghana@gmail.com
Phone: -

Name: Connie L.
Email: bookstoghana@gmail.com
Phone: -

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 3/10/2012)
1014 books $$703.90 fundraising

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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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