African Library Project

Totful Takes Ghana - Book Drive In Action

02/05/2018 to 03/25/2018
Glenview IL

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 ...

Totful is the product of a group of mothers and aunts who wanted to find opportunities for their children, nieces, and nephews to engage in and enjoy voluntary service. Through structured activities, we help children learn more about their communities, appreciate the importance of giving back, and develop an ethic of philanthropy. Most community service activities are designed for older children, but Totful takes a thoughtful approach to establishing meaningful projects that are appropriate for tots ages 4-10. While they may be tiny, their enthusiasm to serve is large! Our mission is simple: A movement that seeks to ignite compassion in young children by providing opportunities to actively engage in service learning.

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

Every child deserves access to quality education and what better way to feed this mantra than to donate to this cause. With your donation, you will not only bring a smile to these young faces but you will also have done your part to increase literacy and empower those that are in need.

About our African Partners...

Children (Pre School to 4th grade) attending Stars of the Future Primary School in Kpemale will be the primary beneficiaries of your donation. Kpemale is a farming community located in the northern region of Ghana. Parents in Kpemale are predominantly peasant farmers with a population close to 1,000. In 2015, the Weducate Initiative started the first ever school for children in the Community. Children in this school fall between the ages of 4 and 12 years old. Due to lack of reading materials, pupils have no means to engage in learning after school. Therefore, they develop poor reading skills, which affects their overall academic performance in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). When this happens, parents take advantage of the situation to engage them in farm work and other household chores like fetching water and firewood instead of sending then back to school. By establishing the library, we hope to create an opportunity for a new life where children can develop good reading habits and skills and improve upon their academic performance in the long run.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We will be servicing children in Pre-School through 4th grade and are looking for paperback books that are new or gently used in the following categories:
• Paperback easy readers
• Paperback children’s picture books
• Paperback juvenile literature/Chapter books (fiction and non)
• Early readers
• Teacher's resource books for school libraries
• Children’s dictionaries/picture dictionaries
• Encyclopedias less than 10 years old
• Children’s encyclopedias/picture encyclopedias
• Children’s thesauruses
• Paperback textbooks in Math, English, Geography, Health, and Science
• Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
• Children's books teaching life skills about health, hygiene, adolescence and careers
• Accurate up-to-date atlases
• Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles

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

There are a couple of ways to collect/contribute books:

1. Donate your own gently used books or purchase new ones
2. Raise awareness in your local community and have friends and family donate
3. Submit a financial donation towards shipping costs or note that you would like us to purchase a book on your behalf from Amazon.

Regardless of which method you choose, please contact Ambreen Khowaja to coordinate the collection of these items. We will try and make the collection process as easy as possible.

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

We also need to raise funds so that it can cover the cost of shipping both to the warehouse in New Orleans and then ultimately to The Stars of the Future Primary School in Ghana. If you are interested in making a financial contribution, please use our Go Fund Me Page via the link below.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Ambreen Khowaja
Phone: 312-498-4342

Name: Zahra Poonja
Phone: 773-531-0892

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $550 fundraising

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