African Library Project

Michelle's African Library Project for Tshaulu Primary School

06/01/2014 to 08/01/2014
Spencerville IN

The African Library Project brings gently used books to an African community that has lots of eager readers but very few books. Please help by collecting and delivering gently used books or by raising money to help pay for shipping to Africa. It only takes 1000 books and $500 to start a single library (and a little elbow grease!)

This book drive is organized by ...

My name is Michelle Ramus and I am a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer working at Tshaulu Primary School, a rural primary school in South Africa. Tshaulu Primary School is a public, no-fee school providing education to kids in Grade R (kindergarten) through 7 in a poor, rural area. Our school does not have a library or for that matter any books to put in a library, but I am currently helping some dedicated teachers from the school to change that. We have created a Library Committee, set aside the space for a library, are almost done getting furniture arranged and bookshelves built - so now we need some books!

Our website link:
michellepcvsouthafrica.wordpress.com

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

Books are obviously crucial to education in terms of providing resources and improving literacy. But more than that, books allow kids to explore worlds and experiences completely unknown to them, filling their imaginations and helping them create dreams for themselves. Many of the kids that I work with at Tshaulu Primary School have never had that opportunity, and neither have many of their parents and teachers who grew up during apartheid's Bantu education system for black South Africans. They don't know that if they work hard they can leave the village, go to university, and build a career and life of their choosing. We want to create a library for these children not only to improve literacy and education, but also to give them the empowerment to understand that they can create dreams to strive for and achieve.

About our African Partners...

Tshaulu Primary School is a public school providing education to approximately 225 students in a rural, impoverished area of the Limpopo province of South Africa. It is a no fee school, which means it does not charge students school fees or require them to pay for books and school supplies - which also means the school's budget is small and often cannot provide textbooks for learners, much less any other books or resources. The Department of Education provides students with school supplies once at the beginning of the school year. Much of the school's budget goes towards electricity and operational costs of providing students with one meal each day.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

As literacy levels are very low, the books we need most are books at U.S. pre-school to 4th grade reading level. These range from books with only a few words per page up to books similar in length to Dr. Seuss, Bernstein Bears, Franklin, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Curious George books.

We also need a very small number of books at U.S. 4th grade to 8th grade reading levels. These would include longer short stories up to short chapter books with large font, such as the Junie B. books, Beverly Cleary books, and many of Scholastic's short chapter books.

We would also like educational games or puzzles so long as they are of a sturdy, durable material. For example, I recently purchased two map puzzles - one with each piece a province of South Africa and another with each piece a country in Africa - that had pieces made of wood about a centimeter thick.

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

We have REACHED our book goal and are no longer collecting books. If you were going to donate books, please instead consider donating a few dollars towards the shipping. You can donate online using the code SA1-31 or by mailing a check to Darlene Ramus 7068 County Road 45 Spencerville, IN 46788.

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

We will also be raising $500 to help cover the shipping of the 1000 books from my parents' to Tshaulu Primary School in South Africa.

If you donate books, consider sticking $1 or $2 in the box as well - every little bit adds up!

Also, tax-deductible checks made out to ALP can be mailed to Darlene Ramus 7068 County Road 45 Spencerville, IN 46788.

Additionally, the African Library Project is a nonprofit organization so you can donate here http://www.africanlibraryproject.org/about-us/donations and put my book drive code in the box. The code is: SA1-31

Contact us to find out more

Name: Michelle Ramus , my phone number in South Africa!
Email: shellmarie13@gmail.com
Phone: +27613436563

Name: Darlene Ramus
Email: ramusdmr4@yahoo.com
Phone: 1 260 238 4093

Progress Report

Our Goal 2000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: July 30, 2014)
2250 books $551 fundraising

We have REACHED our book goal and are no longer collecting books. If you were going to donate books, please instead consider donating a few dollars towards the shipping. You can donate online using the code SA1-31 or by mailing a check to Darlene Ramus 7068 County Road 45 Spencerville, IN 46788.

We have reached our goal of 2000 books! Only $60 left to go for our shipping goal.

Share this Book Drive Page

About the African Library Project

Learn more about the African Library Project at http://www.africanlibraryproject.org.
You can 'like' us at http://facebook.com/africanlibraryproject - get updates, inspiration and more!