African Library Project

Jordan's African Library Project

07/20/2012 to 08/31/2012
Sunnyvale 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 ...

Hello, my name is Jordan Schultz and I'm soon to be a senior at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, California. I am involved in many community service projects at school and became aware of ALP just recently. Coordinating a book drive for ALP seemed to be a great way to keep busy during the summer while while also helping a community in need.

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

As many of us know, parts of Africa are in dire need of many things, including educational materials and books. Not only will books help further education, but will also encourage kids to read more as a form of entertainment. Starting a library in a small primary school is not limited to benefiting the students, but hopefully will be enough to encourage others to learn how to read.

About our African Partners...

The school we are helping in Africa is the Matholeng Primary School in the country of Lesotho. This small school consists of 134 students and 8 teachers who will help create classroom libraries from books collected as a result of my book drive. Matholeng is a village with scarce resources, including electricity. Although local people have few amenities, the community is hard working and deeply motivated to provide for their students.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

This primary school is requesting books with a reading level for children ranging from pre-school through 4th grade. Welcome donations include multiple types of reading material, specifically, board books, children's picture books, easy readers including both fiction and non-fiction, resource books on topics such as basic science, math, and English workbooks, plus current magazines such as National Geographic. If possible, please be sure to send only paper back books, as hardcopy books are heavy and more costly to ship.

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

Please contact me if you would like me to collect books from your home. I can be reached either by email at, or by phone at 408-733-5548. Arrangements can also be made to drop off books at my residence. Please contact me for details.

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

Not only will I need to collect, sort and pack all these books, but I will also need to raise $500 to cover the cost of shipping these books to Africa. If you do not have new or gently used paperback books to donate and instead would like to donate money for my project, any sum would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me if you would to work out details on how to donate funds.

Here are some ways that you can help...

If for some reason you are not in a position to help with this project directly, please pass on information about this endeavor to others who might be willing to assist me with this worthy project.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Jordan Schultz
Phone: 408-733-5548

Name: Elaine Schultz
Phone: 408-733-5548

Progress Report

Our Goal 1100 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 11/15/2012)
1334 books $560. fundraising

It has only been a few weeks and I can't believe the out pouring of generosity from family and friends. We have just about met our goal, but would love more young preK picture books. Again, this is a great time to clean out bookcases and donate them to ALP. If you don't have gently used books, any amount of a cash donation will help me purchase books. I am extremely thankful for all the support!

Thanks to all our friends and family we collected and sent out 1300 plus books to Lesotho in early November! What a rewarding experience!


Thank you to all those have donated books and money. Auntie Lorraine, Aunt Linda, Auntie Kathryn, Aunt Lisa, Aunt Dalene and good friends Beagle Books, SK , Julie and Lana. A special thanks to Uncle Clem and Aunt Mindy, they sure made my fundraising easy!

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