African Library Project

Book Safari

07/22/2013 to 12/10/2013
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 ...

I am a junior going to Homestead High School, and this is my first book drive. I am excited about the opportunity to work with the African Library Project organization, and am looking forward to see how this book drive helps a school in Lesotho get a new library.

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

I know that growing up in the Silicon Valley, I took reading for granted. I can't imagine what it is like not being able to read, because it is one of the most basic ways we communicate. I believe that being able to read and become educated is the first step towards success, and African countries would see a huge benefit from a bigger educated population that can work in a global economy.

About our African Partners...

The African Partner is a secondary school in Lesotho. Once more information becomes available, this will be updated.r

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Books at U.S. 4th grade to 8th grade reading level:

• Juvenile literature
• Children’s fiction and non-fiction
• Teacher's resource books for school libraries
• Dictionaries
• Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
• Accurate up-to-date atlases
• Thesauruses
• Math books from 6th grade up, including algebra, geometry, and pre-calculus, English books (focusing on grammar or comprehension), geography books, health books, science books including general science, biology, chemistry, and physics at appropriate level. Send no more than two copies of any textbook, these will be used as a teacher resource
• Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
• Books like Chicken Soup for the Soul (inspiring stories with life skills lessons)
• Books about Africa or African-Americans
• Educational kids science and literary magazines in good condition
• Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games

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

Collection sites have not been set up yet, but they will be ready very soon. More info will be provided as soon as they are ready. If you still want to donate, you can call or email. The contact info is below.

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

After the books are collected locally, they are shipped to a distribution center in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then shipped to Lesotho. The shipping costs in total add up to $500.

To make a tax-deductible donation towards shipping, you may either give cash or a check. Checks should be made out to “Treasurer, African Library Project”.

You may also mail a check directly to: African Library Project, 3530 Partition Road, Woodside CA 94062.

Please write "For Avi’s Book Safari" in the memo section of your check.
All donations (books and money) are tax deductible (Tax ID# 65-1261685).

Here are some ways that you can help...

Please tell friends, family, colleagues, and really anyone you meet on the street about the book drive.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Avi Gokhale
Phone: (408) 368-2670

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: November 28, 2013)
716 books $90 fundraising

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