African Library Project

Searles Elementary School's African Library Project

03/05/2018 to 04/20/2018
Union City CA

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 ...

Hello! We are Eli, Namdi, and Luke. We are the three AmeriCorps members serving at Searles Elementary School in Union City, CA. We believe that this is the perfect project for our community of students to be a part of. They will be expanding their worldview, learning to appreciate reading and literacy, and participating in a charity project. Literacy and education truly are privileges and this project will give our student body an understanding of that. Most importantly we'll be making education and literacy a reality for students in Ghana!

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

Here at Searles we are fortunate to have plenty of resources for our students. Literacy may be taken for granted here but in Africa it's quite special. This is an opportunity for our community to contribute to the education of students far less fortunate than us.

About our African Partners...

We will be sending our books to Kpando SDA Basic School and Community. Kpando is a small town in the Volta Region of Ghana. The school was established in 1991. There are about 400 students and 19 teaching staff at the school currently. The entire community has a population of about 2200 people. Most of the community are farmers and small shop owners. Students at Kpando SDA Basic School have a great work ethic and a respect for education, but they lack the resources. That is where we come in!

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Our goal is to collect at least 1,000 new or gently used books. We are looking for books that are between pre-school and eighth grade reading levels. Preschool through sixth grade reading level books are slightly higher priority than the seventh and eighth grade books.

Please send us these types of books:

-Baby board books
-Children’s picture books
-Children’s fiction and non-fiction
-Early readers
-BIG books
-Teacher's resource books for school libraries
-Children’s dictionaries/picture dictionaries
-Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
-Children’s encyclopedias/picture encyclopedias
-Children’s thesauruses
-Paperback textbooks in math, English, geography, health, and science at appropriate level (kindergarten to 6th grade). Send no more than two copies of any texbook; these will be used for teacher resources.
-Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
-Children's books teaching life skills about health, hygiene, adolescence and careers
-Accurate up-to-date atlases
-Books about Africa or African-Americans
-Educational children's science and literary magazines in good condition
-Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles

See below for books that you should not send

-Books that are filled with small, dense print that might be too intimidating or boring for the age level
-Books with lots of slang, which may be difficult for English learners to follow
-Books for very young children that have many references to appliances and electronic gadgets.
-Adult paperback romance novels
-Books about United States or Canadian history or government (but DO SEND books about African-Americans)
-Books about North American or religious holidays (Easter, Halloween, Christmas, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, April Fools Day, Valentine’s Day, Chanukah, etc.)
-Books that evangelize or promote a particular religion
-Magazines except for children's educational magazines and National Geographics less than 5 years old

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

So far the two collection sites are the Searles office (for drop offs during the school day 8:00am until 2:00pm) and the Kids' Zone office (for drop offs after school 2:00pm until 6:00pm). Both collection sites are close to the parking lots. Our Address is 33629 15th St, Union City, CA 94587.

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

We need to raise at least $500 in order to ship the books to Africa. About $250 is used to ship the books to our partner New Orleans, and the other $250 is used to secure a spot in a shipping container to Africa. You will be able to donate money at either of our collection sites.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Ask around! You can talk to neighbors, relatives, family friends, etc. If you have books that you don't use, we will take them. When it comes to donating money, any amount is helpful and appreciated!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Luke Ramirez
Phone: 805-698-2643

Name: Eli Davidow

Name: NNamdi Nassor

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 3/7/18)
1040 books $500 fundraising

We've sent our books on their way!
Thanks to everyone who contributed.

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