African Library Project

Books for Ghana - Meghan and Michael's Library Africa Project

01/16/2015 to 04/01/2015
Bloomfield Hills MI

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 ...

Hello, Meghan here. My brother, Michael, and I just two kids who love to read. One in eighth grade, me, and one in sixth, Michael. We love books and everything about--and not to mention--held in books. If you would like to donate to our book drive (which would be much appreciated), ship them to this address:

4495 Ardmore Drive
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Thanks in advance!

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

We want to share what's precious to us with others who have no access to them. When my brother and I first heard about this, we wanted to try this out in order to gain a few community service hours. After we read a little bit more about this program and found some literacy stats in Africa, it wasn't about the service hours, it was about educating those who had no access to books. What's important about the books isn't the books themselves, it's the knowledge that they hold and just how crucial they are in learning to read and write. Not only that, books are a massive part in developing a youth's imagination. Because my brother and I both cherish books and are enchanted by what they hold, it just got to us when we heard about children in Africa growing up without interacting with any books. It was just such a horrible thought to the both of us, having grown up so far with books. In order to change that, we wanted to start a library for those children and adults.

About our African Partners...

Our project has been paired up with the Leklebi-Fiafe Community in Ghana. The town is one of the communities in the Afadzato South District. Leklebi-Fiafe is a rural farming community known for the production of cassava, maize, okro (okra), garden eggs, and cocoa. The community has basic schools, kindergarten to junior high, under the Ghana government. None of the schools have their own individual library but there is an old community library established by the community. The librarian, Theophilus Hehemekpe, and assistant librarian, Bright Fiati, are responsible for the library. Although there already is a community library, the presence of new books is always welcome!

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Books at U.S. pre-school to eighth grade reading level are much appreciated, educational games and puzzles especially. As requested by the community, English, mathematics, and science textbooks as well as novels and dictionaries.

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

If you live in the Bloomfield Township area in Michigan, you can stop by our house and drop the books off in a large box outside out front door. If you live further away, mail what you can donate to:

4495 Ardmore Drive
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Please, however, be sure to donate by March 15, 2015 at the latest to leave us some time to sort the books and ship the books.

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

One book costs about $0.50 to ship. We need about $400 to ship 800 books.
A simple and easy way to help our cause is to donate. Even a dollar helps. Just click on the Donate button below.






Here are some ways that you can help...

Donating books and/or money would be greatly appreciated. As well as that, spreading the word would be extremely helpful.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Meghan Guo
Email: mguo@dcds.edu
Phone:

Name: Michael Guo
Email: michaelguo1213@gmail.com
Phone:

Name: Ying Li
Email: yingli@quickenloans.com
Phone: 313-373-4166

Progress Report

Our Goal 800 books $400 fundraising

Acknowledgements

Thanks to the Bloomfield Township Public Library for donating so many books! Also, a huge thanks to all those who donated books and money during our fundraiser. Thanks to all the help we received, we have reached our goal the books have been shipped! :)

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