African Library Project

Putnam Regional Interact Club

02/15/2013 to 04/01/2013
Putnam CT

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 ...

Interact is a branch of Rotary International for kids and teens aged 12 to 18 years old. Interact clubs are self-governing service clubs, and there are over 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and areas worldwide. The Putnam Regional Interact Club is our local branch, and we have members ranging from 8th grade through 12th. Throughout the school year, we focus on many service projects, both local and international, and partnering with the African Library Project to collect books for Ghana is one of our latest endeavors!

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

When the idea to start a library in Africa was presented to the club, and we found out how easy it is to make a difference by hosting a book drive, we jumped on the idea! We've all been fortunate enough to have books and libraries readily available in our lives, and we're looking forward to giving others the same opportunity. In addition, some of our club's goals for this year are to complete five big service projects (including at least one international project), reach out to the community, and achieve world peace. :) Hosting a book drive for the African Library Project seemed like a pretty good way to help us reach those goals, and hopefully through our book drive we'll be able to spread a love of reading all the way from Connecticut to Ghana!

About our African Partners...

We've been partnered with Dominase KG, Primary & JHS Library, which is located in the central region of Ghana. The gently-used books we send will be made available to about 600 students.

Originally, we planned to do only one library; however, we collected so many books with our book drive that we had to be partnered with a second library! Library No. 2 is Nyame Bekyere D/A Primary & JHS Library. Also in Ghana, it has 450 students and is located in the Kwapong region of the country.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Happily, we've collected all of the books we need for both of our libraries--yay! But thank you for your interest! And if you'd still like to help, any monetary donations are very much appreciated.

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

If you'd like to help with the fundraising, please get in touch with one of our Rotary advisers--either Karen or Paul (contact information listed below). Every little bit helps!

Here are some ways that you can help...

We don't have any need for book donations anymore, but any monetary contributions to be used for shipping would be greatly appreciated! For more info, please contact either Karen or Paul (contact information listed below). Thank you!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Paul Desautels

Name: Karen Osbrey
Phone: (860)-928-1350

Progress Report

Our Goal 2000 books $450 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: March 13)
1860+ books $451.91 fundraising

PS: And if you're wondering why our fundraising goal is so low for two libraries, don't worry; we're applying for a grant from our community to cover the rest. :)

Our book drive on March 2nd was a smashing success! We ended up exceeding our expectations and collected over 1500 books in those four hours alone; added to the ones we'd already rounded up, we now have 1860 suitable books and have been matched with a second library! In addition, the entire club seemed to have a fabulous time--what with boxing up the donations, reminiscing over our childhood favorites as we sorted books, and just hanging out, the day was a marvelous one and we accomplished a lot. Photos coming soon!

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