African Library Project

A Family That Cares, Wanting to Share

06/18/2012 to 11/28/2012
Edina 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 ...

A kind hearted, energetic, free-spirted 7 year old brother and a fun-loving, curious, funny 5 year old sister are learning the lesson of love, caring and sharing one day at a time, one simple gesture at a time...mama and papa while trying to teach are actually learning alongside their kids.

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

Our family strives to give back to those in need. Our mom volunteered with a local homeless organization and we helped, in India we fed young boys at the orphanage, we pack food for Haiti every summer and we help our elderly neighbors on a regular basis. The African Library Project is a great way for a family to give back together. During Christmas this year we will be excited for the boys and girls in Lesotho to have the gift of a library.

About our African Partners...

Lesotho is a landlocked country on the east coast of South Africa below the well-known city of Johannesburg. Our African Library partner in Lesotho is Metolong Primary School in Maseru. The Director wrote to us and said that it is a medium sized school. The majority of parents are farmers and do not have the money to pay for learning materials. There is a room in the school that will house the library. As we learn more about the school we will udpate the website. The books will help broaden the horizon for these young kids. We watched a video of a young African girl who was read a book about a doctor and decided that is what she wanted to be. The books we share will make a big difference!

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We are going to be helping to start a primary school library for kids the same age us just about. The books that are needed are gently used, U.S. preschool to 4th grade reading level. The following are the types of books we are looking for. We also listed the type of books NOT to send.

o Baby board books
o Children’s picture books
o Children’s fiction and non-fiction
o Early readers
o BIG books
o Teacher's resource books for school libraries
o Children’s dictionaries/picture dictionaries
o Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
oChildren’s encyclopedias /picture encyclopedias
o Children’s thesauruses
o Paperback textbooks in math, English, geography, health, and
science at appropriate level (kindergarten to 6th grade)
o Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
o Children’s health books
o Accurate up-to-date atlases
o Books about Africa or African-Americans
o Educational children's science and literary magazines in good condition
o Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles

• Books that are filled with small print, no pictures, etc. (too intimidating or
• Books with lots of slang, which may be difficult for English learners to
• 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 (but DO SEND books
about African-Americans)
• 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 Geographic

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

We are starting to collect books now and will continue to do so until the end of October 2012. Our goal is to have the books shipped out to Lesotho so the library can be started before year end. If you are out of state you can ship it to us. If you are in MN we can come by and pick it up or you can come over and drop it off.

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

There are two parts to the library project. The first is collecting 1,000 books, the second is shipping the books overseas. It is estimated that the cost to ship the books where they need to go will be $500. This summer the kids had lemonade stands and did chores for neighbors to raise some of the money. We are also asking family and friends, who want to help us out, to donate money to ship the books. If you make your check out to the African Library Project, your donation will be tax deductible.

Here are some ways that you can help...

What can you do to help us reach our goal? Look through your books and see if you have any that you can share with kids in Lesotho Africa. Send them to our mom or if you are in Minnesota we can come and pick them up.

You don't have books and you want to help? Please consider making a donation to help us ship the books to Africa. You can make your check out to African Library Project or our mom.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Anand and Indra
Phone: 818-679-0755

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 12/10/12)
1096 books $600 fundraising

With the help of each and everyone of you who donated books, money and/or your time we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. What a great experience it was for our kids. They sorted all the books, helped pack & count them and deliver them to the post office. They are excited to hear when the library opens up in the school in Lesotho. What a great gift for the children in Lesotho for the New Year. Wishing all of you a very happy holiday and new year filled with many blessings and love.

WE DID IT TOGETHER, THANK YOU!!! Last week shipped out 16 boxes, a total of 1096 books. We couldn't have done it without your compassion, generosity and kindness.


Special thanks to all of our friends and family that helped make this a reality! It is nice to tell the kids to "dream big" and when they do, we share in watching it come true and it's all because of you.

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