African Library Project

Riya Anand's African Library Project for Bikwe Satellite School in Botswana

10/31/2018 to 03/10/2019
Allen TX

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 ...

Riya Anand - I'm currently a junior in high school! I live in the city of Allen, Texas. I've been a passionate reader since I was a young child, and reading has helped me become more creative and imaginative, as well as a stronger student in school!

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

It's apparent that children who read more are more successful in the future. If nothing else, if a child is able to read and write, they have the basic tools to improve their lives. Increasing literacy will empower the younger generation to make changes within their community, ranging from becoming educators in their community to running for positions in local governments to help foster positive change.

Additionally, sharing books creates a link like no other. It's like sharing an entire world which is precious to you! Now imagine opening up multiple new worlds to someone who's way across the globe. That's what we can do in Botswana with this African Library Project!

Please join me in helping raise a new generation of #LiteracyHeroes!

About our African Partners...

The kids who will be receiving these books attend Bikwe Satellite School in Botswana! We're raising a minimum of 1,000 books for this school's primary library.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Please contribute books in good condition which are at U.S. pre-school to 6th grade reading levels!

Additionally, educational games, puzzles, and teacher resources are always welcome.

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

Mail or drop off your donations at 317 Sonoma Drive, Allen TX, 75013.
We will stop accepting books after March 10th, 2019.

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

Link to GoFundMe:

Here are some ways that you can help...

- Donate books!

- Donate educational resources!

- Don't have either? That's okay! Consider donating money!

- Can't do that either? Totally cool, we understand. However, PLEASE spread the word to your friends and family—maybe they'll have some books to donate!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Riya Anand - Book Drive Organizer

Name: Vidya Anand - Riya's Mom

Progress Report

Our Goal 1050 books $650 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 1/6/19)
1110 books $245 fundraising

1/3/19 We are getting close to reaching our halfway point in book collection!

1/5/19: We have passed the haflway point in book collection! A big thank you to everyone for all the support we have received!

1/10/19: We are at 1106 books, which means we have officially met the goal!!

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” —Ernest Hemingway


Thank you to everyone who contributed books and made an effort to spread the word!

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