African Library Project

Cade Ballif's Eagle Project For Krobo, Ghana JHS

01/22/2017 to 03/31/2017
Greenacres WA

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 Cade Ballif. I am a sophomore in high school, and I recently started working on my Eagle Scout Service Project. I have partnered with the African Library Project Foundation to collect gently used books and enough financial donations to ship the books to an elementary through junior high school in Krobo, Ghana.

Our website link:
http://africanlibraryproject.org/book-drives/book-drives-in-action?alpdetail=989

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

I am really excited to be able to help these kids in Ghana better their education. I have been blessed with a lot of opportunities to get an education and I want to be able to give someone some of the same opportunities that I have received.

About our African Partners...

Ghana is a small country on the west coast of Africa, and Krobo is a small town in the south-eastern part of the country near the capital of Accra. The school that I will be donating books to is the Krobo Islamic Junior High School. The school has about 450 students in pre-school through sixth grade. They are in desperate need of books and school supplies. I am the only person supporting this school and they are very excited that their school has been selected to receive these donations. Their teachers have already pledge support to provide the location and protection for the library materials. The school is an Islamic school and the parents and students are predominantly Muslim. The parents of the students are typically employed as simple traders who find it very difficult to make ends meet.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

My goal is to collect 1,000 books for kids in pre-school through sixth grade. They also specifically have requested teacher resource materials such as books, lesson plans, posters and games aimed at improving learning and teaching. They have also requested school supplies like pencils, pens, erasers, pencil sharpeners, and writing notebooks which are very difficult for them to obtain locally let alone afford. This makes obtaining a good education very hard for the students. However, the most essential part of the project is to collect the books and the donations to ship the books. Anything you can contribute would be greatly appreciated.

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

Donations can be made at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 21022 E Wellesley Ave., Otis Orchards, WA 99027.

We will also be going door to door in the Greenacres neighborhoods during February and March to request donations of books or money to help with the shipment of the books.

My dad will be collecting books in Utah February 8-12.

If you would like to schedule a book pickup, please contact me directly to arrange a convenient time.

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

I need to raise $500 to ship the books to Africa. ~$250 will be used to ship the books to a temporary storage facility in the US and $250 will be sent with the books to cover a portion of the shipment of the books to Ghana.

If you would like to make a financial contribution, you can go to the African Library Project donation site: http://www.africanlibraryproject.org/about-us/donations
and select "Book Drive Shipping Donation" and then type in my project code G7-26 and then follow the credit card or PayPal payment instructions. If you would like to donate by check, you can send it to me made out to the African Library Project.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Cade Ballif
Email: ballif.cade3@gmail.com
Phone: 509-954-7018

Name: Blake Ballif
Email: blake.ballif@gmail.com
Phone: 509-828-5286

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 3/19/17)
924 books $350 fundraising

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