African Library Project

Mabuleng Secondary School's African Library Project

09/1/2012 to 11/20/2012
Raleigh NC

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! I am Caitlin Vincent, a Peace Corps Volunteer working and living in Lesotho, Southern Africa. I am a secondary mathematics and science teacher at Mabuleng Secondary School, a school located in the Mokhotlong district, one of the most rural regions of Lesotho. The community of Mabuleng is located in the Maloti Mountains, along the Khubelu River, in the northeastern part of the country. My school needs assistance in developing a library to benefit its 8th, 9th, and 10th grade students as well as part-time learners in the community.

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

The area of Lesotho in which I live is far removed from the influence of Western culture, as well as major towns and cities in Lesotho and neighboring South Africa. Men are farmers or animal herders. Most women stay at home to cook, clean, and care for their families. The school itself is very basic; we have no electricity, no running water, no overhead projectors or whiteboards. Our children's access to school supplies and other resources is very limited, and there is nearly no access to books. Establishing a library in the village school would have a true impact on my community, both now and into the future when my volunteer days are over. For students and community members living in these rural areas, a library improves English skills, increases motivation to learn, and provides exposure to a novel world of knowledge and opportunities existing outside of this isolated region in Southern Africa.

About our African Partners...

Mabuleng Secondary School, Mokhotlong District, Lesotho, Southern Africa

Please contribute these kinds of books...

The students at Mabuleng Secondary School learn to speak and write in English. Because English is a second language for them, books suitable for 4th - 8th grade reading comprehension levels would be appropriate. Both fiction and non-fiction on any subject are welcome. Books may be gently used. Sturdy paperbacks would be preferable in order to minimize shipping costs, but we will accept hardcover books as well. The most desired books include:

-Science, Mathematics, Geography, and Agriculture Reference Books
-Non-Fiction books with photographs (desired subjects include sports, health, arts, weather/climate, biology, world/African history, career guidance)
-Maps and Posters

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

We will arrange either to pick your books up a place and time for your to to drop them off; no later than November 20th, 2012 in order to meet an early December shipping deadline.

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

Shipping costs for approximately 200 paperback books will run $120. If you would like to make a small donation to cover shipping costs, please feel free to do so. Donate via Paypal, cash or check.¤cy_code=USD&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF%3abtn_donateCC_LG%2egif%3aNonHosted

Here are some ways that you can help...

If you have other items to donate, please let us know! Those might include sturdy boxes for shipping, educational games, puzzles, workbooks or other items suitable for a school library.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Melissa Cumber
Phone: 704-794-7800

Name: Lynda Davis
Phone: 919-872-6755

Name: Mike Cumber
Phone: 919-833-1300

Progress Report

Our Goal 500 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 9/23/12)
170 books $125 fundraising

We have gotten a set of student encyclopedias, as well as biographies, science books, geography, poetry, cooking, health, music and young adult fiction. We're looking for a complete set of the Harry Potter series as well, but we're well on our way to a great library!

We have a group working on raising money to buy materials needed to build shelves - thank you!!


Thank you Erin, Maureen and Joy for the contribution towards shipping costs.

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