African Library Project


For schools or large groups


  • Organize students to “Read for Africa”. Each student estimates how many books they will read, then asks family and friends to sponsor them for a specific amount per book, e.g. $1/book for 15 books equals a $15 donation. This is a great way to promote reading here and in Africa at the same time.
  • Label two big jars, one for each team, e.g., 4th grade, 5th grade.  For every penny in the jar, a team gets one point.  For every silver coin or bill, you lose the number of points the coin or bill is worth.  Anyone can put money in either jar:)RaiseFunds WHS ALP 2
  • Host a geography or spelling bee and feature African sites and words?  The Zambezi River flows between what two countries?  Can you spell Ouagadougou?  Charge entry fees and admission fees.  Get local personalities to enter!  Get press and with it more books and monetary donations:)
  • Find two favorite personalities at your school who are willing to help you raise money. Ask them to stand on a chair or ladder about 3'-5’ off the ground next to the wall in the gym. Sell 5’ pieces of duct tape to students for $2 each. One piece at a time, have the students race to tape their favorite to the wall of the gym for the sake of African literacy and guaranteed fun.
  • Ask the principal or favorite teacher(s) if they will support your efforts by challenging the school to do something crazy if you reach your book and fundraising goals. For example, get a Mohawk haircut in front of the entire school, wear an embarrassing costume, or become a human ice cream sundae.  Kids can vote with their wallets on whether the principal or a teacher should dye their hair pink or purple :) Or they can cast votes of confidence for $1 each on which teachers will win an arm wrestling contest.
  • offers an opportunity for you to raise money for your international shipping, learn more about global poverty and help Ugandan women all at the same time. Use the free BeadforLife Curriculum for Youth and then follow-up by hosting a Bead PartyBeadforLife will send you everything you need including the beautiful handmade paper jewelry.  Once your BeadParty is returned, the African Library Project will receive 20% of funds raised to support the international portion of shipping your books to Africa. One book drive reported to us, "We used BeadforLIfe as a fundraiser; it was amazing! They made the entire process so easy, provided wonderful curriculum, and the jewelry was very well received by my school community.  We had 300 pieces of jewelry and we sold out in 40 minutes!  It was so much fun, too."
  • Have a "Wild for Books" Day.  Everyone wears an article of clothing with an animal print on it and "votes" for the African animal of their choice by donating $1 and writing their name by their favorite type of animal.
  • Hold an African Library Project Fashion Show. Contact local clothing stores to ask if they will donate their clothes for an evening (to be returned) for the sake of African literacy. Ask students, teachers and administrators to be models. If you organize it…they will come!
  • Launch a “Give Something Up” campaign to encourage people to give something up and donate the money saved to sponsor a library. This might be a morning cup of coffee, a newspaper or magazine, a movie, a dessert, etc. There is a long list of things that we can do without for a day, and this helps us think about how valuable a small personal sacrifice of ours can be in making a difference to another. Try for 100% participation no matter how small the donation.
  • Ask students and teachers to donate $1/day for 10 days or until you make your goal. By making the amount so small, you should get a tremendous response.
  • Buy some red vines and wrapped sour candies at a warehouse store in bulk and sell them for 50¢ each at your school’s book fair or lunchtime.
  • Ask for donations from parents and students. Some people do not have books to donate but are glad to support the project financially.
  • Request a grant from your school’s student council or parent organization.
  • Ask students (or churchgoers) to pay to not wear a uniform (or fancy clothes) for a special African Library Project day to raise money (if your school requires uniforms).
  • Ask a local restaurant if they will donate a percentage (usually about 15%) of all the meals purchased by your supporters on a certain day or week.  This attracts new and different clientele to the restaurant.  The website GroupRaise makes it easy to identify restaurants in your area that support nonprofits in this way and to request their help.
  • Ask every child in your class/school to do chores for change at home or for neighbors and donate their wages to the African Library Project.
  • Ask children to donate coins and put them in a 5 gallon water container. See what $500 in change looks like!
  • Children can donate 25 cents to see the librarian or other favorite teacher/administrator read from the school’s roof.