While many book drive organizers know that rural schools in Africa are starved for books, Amie Breed has had firsthand experiences that led her to become a book drive organizer.
She is married to a South African, and her son, now in middle school, studied in South Africa for six months. He saw the difficulty students had in accessing books. Her sister is married to a man from Uganda, where it is also hard for students to get books.
The family has helped her son’s South African school in a number of ways. When the director of the school could not get books through Amazon, the family ordered some from the U.S. to send to the school. And when Amie asked her son, “What do you want for Christmas,” his response was that he wanted to give presents to the other children in his school—chicken feed, money or books.
Once Amie learned about ALP’s work, she decided to do even more-- a book drive for a library in Malawi with her two sons, one in middle school and Morgan, her first grader.