African Library Project

Jared's Swaziland Book Drive

10/07/2013 to 03/01/2014
Westfield NJ

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 ...

Hi, my name is Jared. I am a 7th grade student. I enjoy playing sports, attending school and playing with my friends. I am organizing this book drive with African Library Project as my Bar Mitzvah service project.

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

I chose to start a library in Africa because I can't imagine what it would be like without knowing how to read. Starting a library in Africa would give many people a chance to learn how to read, get a better education and have more opportunity. If more children stay in school and become literate, it will help end the cycle of poverty.

About our African Partners...

I am collecting books for a primary school in Swaziland. Swaziland is a small, mostly rural country located in southern Africa, next to South Africa and Mozambique. The population is approximately 1.4 million people. 70% of the people live on less than a dollar a day. The literacy rate in Swaziland is 81.6% for adults. Learning English is important for students and their exams are in English. The government does not have the money to provide a lot of books and resources to schools along with study aids. The government does supply basic school supplies to primary schools but students must pay school fees and for a uniform making it difficult for children to attend school. Therefore, many of the children are still left without books and other materials. One of the main languages in Swaziland is English and Swaziland celebrated 40 years of independence in 2008 on September 6th. African Library Project has already started 223 libraries there. I really want to help their efforts.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Please donate new or gently used books for preschool to fourth grade reading level (for a primary school library). We are also accepting educational games, puzzles and flashcards.

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

Please contact me and we can make arrangements to pick up your books OR you can drop books off at my house.

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

Monetary donations in any amount will help pay for shipping costs.

If you would like to help, please make a check payable to African Library Project and write "Jared Greenspan's Book Drive SW7-1" in the memo section of the check.

You can either give the check to me or mail it to:
Treasurer, African Library Project
2613 Octavia Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

You can also donate via credit card with this link:

VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure you write "Jared Greenspan's Book Drive SW7-1" on the check or via online memo if using a credit card so that your financial donation will be applied to my book drive!

All donations (books and money) are tax deductible (Tax ID 65-1261685).

Here are some ways that you can help...

Please spread the word about my project to others! Getting the word out is the best way to help me reach my goal.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Jared

Name: Stacey
Phone: 917-428-4580

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 12/28/13)
860 books $190 fundraising

Thank you so much for all your donations! Please help me reach my goal!!

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