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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_1415.JPGMzwakithi Shongwe was a bright child of about 10 years old, selected to participate in a national debate, hosted by Fundza, the partner of the African Library Project in Swaziland, whose mission is to create communities of young readers.  The prize for winning? A library of books for the whole school. Mzwakithi devoured many of the books in that library, and came to understand a world from other people’s point of view. Now, Mzwakithi is studying at Middlebury College in Vermont. His own energy is infectious, and he dreams of the day when he’ll translate all he’s learning into making a real difference for the Swaziland economy. Read Mzwakithi's inspring story, written in his own words. He is our latest guest blogger.



Knowing that sometimes, the books I send will be the first a child will ever hold, or will ever experience, creates a bond between me and them across an ocean and from a distance of thousands of miles.  It makes me feel rich, and sets context for all that I’ve experienced in life so far.  I know what books have done for me: they’re my inspiration, my muse, and my friend.  Giving this to someone else who otherwise might not be able to experience it at all creates a deep and positive compassion. 

Blog by Katheen Long, Brand New 2014 ALP Board Member and Editorial Lead


Guest blog by Zoe Schroder, Peace Corps Volunteer, Lesotho


The library at Mopeli Primary School is one of the happiest places I have adopted in my Peace Corps service. Built in a small storage room, it holds hundreds of children’s books donated through the African Library Project. It was formally set up by the volunteer before me with a system of selecting “librarians” from the 7th grade who help run it. Here I share my experiences at the library with the children who enjoy it so.

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Blog by Chris Bradshaw, Founder and President of African Library Project.

a1sx2_alp_thumb_1_Freetown.jpgI just returned from Sierra Leone, my first time back in 40 years since I was a student at Fourah Bay College in Freetown during my Junior Year Abroad.  While some aspects of life in Sierra Leone have improved, I was shocked to see how much of it seems worse.  Daily power outages lasting up to three months, only 20% of those living in the capital city have running water and no potable water from taps.