African Library Project

Nicole and Noah Prozan's Book drive

07/01/2015 to 12/01/2015
Lafayette 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 ...

Noah is a 17 year old junior at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, CA. In his free time, Noah writes for the school newspaper, is a member for the Model UN club at his school, and he plays piano. His sister Nicole is a 13 year old eighth grader at Stanley Middle School. Nicole loves to sing, play basketball, and play piano as well.

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

We have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to read books for our entire lives. Books have given us the chance to learn new information and ideas, which sparks individual thought and ingenuity. However, the children of Dagwi, Botswana do not have the same privileges that we do. We think it is only right that the children of Dagwi have equal access to books and learning.

About our African Partners...

We will be providing new and gently used books to the Dagwi primary school library in the Central North district of Botswana (near the Zimbabwean border). The school is home to over 388 students and 17 teachers. Botswana is a country nearly the size of France in southern Africa. The country is populated by nearly 15 million people, and the national language is English. English is taught in school from a young age, and our books will greatly benefit the recipients.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We are funding a primary book drive. The books we are looking for should be the level of US pre-school to 4th grade. Gently used or new books are appropriate. Paperbacks are acceptable and even preferred because they are easier and less expensive to ship.

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

Please deliver books to Noah at Acalanes High School or Nicole at Stanley Middle School, or you can email Noah at noahprozan@gmail.com to arrange a pick-up. Books can also be dropped off at Noah and Nicole's home in Lafayette. Email Noah for the address.

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

We have already collected a lot of books and now need to raise $500 to ship the books to Africa. Please contribute via PayPal to the email address noahprozan@gmail.com, or you can also send checks to Noah & Nicole Prozan c/o Prozan Financial Consulting/1990 North California Blvd/ Walnut Creek, CA 94596.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Please use Paypal or send a check to donate to cover shipping costs. Every dollar donated will help us get these books into the hands of the African children who really need them!
We would also greatly appreciate shipping containers (cardboard boxes) with the dimensions of approximately 10x13x12 to help use to pack the books.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Nicole Prozan
Email: nicoleprozan@yahoo.com
Phone: 9257881232

Name: Noah Prozan
Email: noahprozan@gmail.com
Phone: 5103269468

Name: Linda Drucker
Email: linda.drucker@gmail.com
Phone: 4156670612

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: October 15, 2015)
700 books $100 fundraising

We are planning a gathering at Noah and Nicole's home on Sunday, November 1 to start packing and shipping the books we have collected. Contact us if you can help.

Open a Book, Open a Mind

Acknowledgements

A sincere thank you to everyone who has generously contributed books and/or funds to the book drive so far. These include the many people who brought books to Nicole's bat mitzvah ceremony. We really appreciate your support and so do the school children of Dagwi, who are eagerly awaiting the book shipment!

Tips for Other Book Drive Organizers

One tip is to check with your local public library system to see if they give away books they no longer need. We received over 100 books in good condition from a book giveaway by the Contra County Public library system. It is wonderful to know that books that the public library system here no longer needs will find a new home in Africa where they will be read and treasured by school children for many more years.

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About the African Library Project

Learn more about the African Library Project at http://www.africanlibraryproject.org.
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