African Library Project

Salem United Church of Christ - Ghana Library Project

02/28/2013 to 04/06/2013
Rochester NY

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 ...

In 2012, a small group from Salem UCC and the community took a pilot trip to Ghana, to initiate the possibility of a youth travel exchange program. While in Ghana, we spent some memorable days at a small village school in Keta, where the Volta meets the Atlantic. The time with these children and their dedicated teachers "sealed the deal" and we returned to NY inspired to build this Spirit-led relationship. When the African Library Project contacted us about doing a book drive for the Asakaraka School in the Eastern region, we took another leap of faith and said, "Yes."

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

The children we met in Ghana were such determined students, and their teachers were providing a wonderful educational environment despite the limitations of their structures, and lack of material resources. Books will provide a much needed tool for their learning, while serving as a permanent reminder that there are others who care about their future.

About our African Partners...

Our partner is the Asakaraka R/C Primary & JHS. This school serves about 442 students and is in the Eastern region of Ghana. According to the Headmistress, Grace Owusu Mensah, farming is the main activity of the people in their region.. Most students go to school as early as 6:30 a.m. and finish around 2:30 p.m. After school, the students return home to do chores and help their family.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Since the library will serve the entire school, we are looking for books in good shape which are suitable for children in Africa, ages 3-13. Anything that would be useful to students here, would also be appreciated there - preschool books, chapter books, fiction, nonfiction, reference kinds of books (be sure they are no older than 2005.) We would like to include some new books, games and puzzles as well - these can be purchased at - click "Shop" then "Ghana Library Project." Then choose the free shipping option when checking out "Ship with organization" (or something to that effect.)

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

Please call Wendy Fambro at 585-243-1998 to schedule a good time to drop books off at Salem UCC (60 Bittner St., Rochester), or to arrange for a pick-up if necessary.

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

We will also gratefully receive donations toward the shipping costs (which will total around $500.) Please email if you wish to donate, and we will be glad to help make that happen.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Beyond the joy of fulfilling Asakaraka's dream of a school library, we also recognize the joy of meeting others here, closer to home, who have a passion for this kind of effort. If you would like to participate by gathering books from people you know, fundraising for shipping costs, or helping to box books for shipping, or any other ideas - just say the word! We would love to meet you!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Wendy Fambro, Minister at Salem
Phone: 585-243-1998

Name: Tracy Williams, Unstoppable energy - ergo, lead organizer!

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