African Library Project

1000 books for Botswana - Anshul and Saanvi Chandwadkar's African Library Project

11/14/2018 to 03/15/2019
Suwanee GA

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 ...

We are a brother and sister team. My name is Anshul Chandwadkar. I am an 8th grader and my sister, Saanvi Chandwadkar, is a 3rd grader.
Our mom came across the African Library Project on google and introduced it to us.

Our website link:

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

We have been fortunate and blessed to have a good education and ample resources. We would like to express our gratitude by helping children in Africa and other resource-challenged communities around the world by sharing what we have.
Please watch this video

About our African Partners...

The books will be donated to Kabakae primary school in Botswana, in Africa.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We would like you to donate new or gently used US pre-school to 4th grade reading level books.

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

Please drop off new or gently used US preschool to 4th grade level reading books at our home location in Suwanee or our aunt's location in Cumming.
Please email us at or text (919) 607-4564 for location details or schedule a pickup.

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

We need approx $500 for shipping the books. However since we are getting a lot of hard cover donations and also gofund me charges some portuion of the money coming to us for their service we have set our goal for $800.

We are also accepting cash or checks if you do not want to pay online. Please contact us for details.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Donate books; donate money; ask others to donate books or money; put up posters or flyers; donate supplies for shipping the books or come to our book packing party.

Contact us to find out more

Phone: 9196074564

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $800 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 3/14/19)
1010 books $445 fundraising

We started our project by contributing some of our own books.
Grateful to our neighbors, community members and a used bookstore for their generous book donations. Reaching out through facebook to some groups that my mom is a part of has certainly helped us. Also grateful to a used book store for helping us take a few boxes of books for free! Grateful to Saanvi's teacher for donating some books and allowing her to share information about the project with her classmates.

We have shipped our 1010 books to the new Orleans warehouse today!!! We are grateful to our aunt in Australia, our art teacher in our neighborhood, one of mom's friend & our cousin in australia & grandpa (my moms dad) in India for their generous donations towards the shipping costs. Thanks to my grandfather for donating towards the shipping costs. Anshul has also raised funds by selling shoes online. Thanks to Read it again and all the neighbors, friends and community members in generous book donations.

1010 Books have been shipped to the New Orleans warehouse!!!! YAY!!!
Our project has been fun throughout and successfull!


We thank each and everyone who has been a part of helping in this project including our family, neighbors, friends and community! Our sincere gratitude to you all for your loving and generous heart!
May Love, Peace and Joy always be with you!

Tips for Other Book Drive Organizers

Reach out to everyone you know. Use social media and look for some used book stores that may have some extras that they can donate. For funds we used gofund me, reached out to family, neighbors and we have sold shoes online as well and raised $445 funds

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