African Library Project

Literacy for Malawi: Preschool to Eighth Grade. Donate Books to Help Educate

01/08/2013 to 05/15/2013
Saratoga 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 ...

Eshna and Divya Narayan are freshmen at Lynbrook High School. They live in Saratoga, CA with their parents, brother, grandmother and dog, Max. They both are passionate about learning and feel fortunate to have access to a good education and the proper tools to help them succeed. They wish to reach out to others in need and provide them with a better education, which is the main reason they decided to start a book drive.

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

We are determined to raise 1000 books to help literacy in Malawi. We believe that world wide literacy is the solution for world peace. Our world is plagued by acts of terrorism, outbreaks of diseases, and poverty. Literacy opens doors and creates opportunities for all and through education we can bridge the gap between people of all walks of life. Through education we bring equality and open minds that can heal our problems. Our vision is to help educate children of Malawi. The republic of Malawi is a landlocked country in South East Africa. Malawi is one of Africa's poorest and most densely populated nation. Today nearly half of Malawi's population of 14 million lives on less than $1 per day, way below the measure of poverty. The adult literacy rate in Malawi is 62.7%. The average life expectancy in Malawi is 40 years. The AIDS epidemic is the number one killer of people in Malawi. By helping the children in early education we can help establish a nation of educated adults who can help solve the problems facing this nation today.

About our African Partners...

Kadzuwa Primary School is located in Savala Village in Malawi. Over 300 students attend this school. The nearest library is seven kilometers away and a lot of the students have never read anything outside of material supplied by the school. The school has 7 book cabinets and 4 book shelves which sit empty. The school would like books on sciences, history, geography and other children's literature.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We plan to build a community liabrary to help promote quality education for pre-school thru 8th graders.

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

Book drive dates: to be announced soon coming to the Saratoga area..

Contact us for pick up too - email:

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

Our goal is to collect a total of 1000 books and $500 for shipping and handling. Email us at for more information.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Please donate new or gently used books for pre-school thru 8th grade level.
We will also accept money to buy books. Look around your homes for any books on sciences, geography, history or other children's literature.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Arun Narayan
Phone: 408-206-4575

Name: Praveen Narayan
Phone: 408-206-4617

Name: Eshna & Divya

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 2/12/13)
932 books $200 fundraising

We have made some good progress thru our generours friends and family. We hope you will continue to look thru your bookshelves for any unwanted books that will benefit teh less fortunate kids in Malawi..

Planned fundraiser- Garage/Bake Sale and Pancake Breakfeast. On March 10 from 7:30-11 am


We appreciate any help we can get to make this book drive a sucess.

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