African Library Project

Get Fully Funded's African Library Project

03/25/2019 to 07/15/2019
Loudon TN

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're Get Fully Funded and we help small/startup nonprofits raise ALL the money they need to fully fund their mission and CHANGE lives. We're a small business based in East Tennessee, with a staff of four who are passionate about making a difference in the world. We are SUPER excited to leave a legacy through the Community Library we're creating in Kenya!

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

We loooove books and we can't stand the thought of kids with no access to books. Here in America, we have access to so many things and take most of them for granted. We know that a book in the hands of a child who is hungry to read, can be life changing. For children in Africa, a book written in English is like a ticket to the world and can open up many doors to amazing opportunities.

About our African Partners...

Kenya, Africa community

Please contribute these kinds of books...

For our community library: donate from pre-school to 8th grade reading level. We're looking for books that are new or gently used.

Here are some topic examples:
• 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 Kindergarten - 6th grade level. *Please 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
• Educational children's science and literary magazines in good condition
• Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles
• Juvenile literature
• Dictionaries
• Accurate up-to-date atlases
• Thesauruses
• Text books from 6th grade up: Math - including algebra, geometry, and Pre-Calculus; English (focusing on grammar or comprehension); Geography; Health; Science - including general science, biology, chemistry, and physics at appropriate level. *Please send no more than two copies of any textbook, these will be used as a teacher resource.
• Life skills books about health, hygiene, adolescence, careers, etc.
• Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
• Books like Chicken Soup for the Soul (inspiring stories with life skills lessons)
• Agriculture
• Animal husbandry
• Gardening
• Health
• Business
• Current events
• Ecology
• National Geographic, less than 5 years old, especially with articles featuring Africa.
• **Books about Africa or African-Americans**

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

Drop off your books or mail them to our office at: 312 Grove St, Loudon, TN 37774.

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

In addition to collecting books, we need to raise $600-750 to cover the costs of shipping. If you'd like to give toward that goal then email Emily at for more details.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Some great ways to get involved and help us create this Library: give books, give money, and share with others to help spread the word.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Emily
Phone: 8653136492

Name: Sandy

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $750 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 7/17/2019)
1,114 books $498 fundraising

Our Facebook posts have been shared multiple times weekly! We really appreciate everyone for helping "spread the word"!

Donate a book, change a life!


Thank you to Kiera Best, and family, for your donation of 40 books!! We know the community in Kenya are going to love them!
-10 of these were out of our target topics, but we were able to trade them in!

Thank you to an anonymous donor for your donation of 31 awesome chapter books! Almost all of your donation was either new, or like new, condition which is very appreciated!
- 3 of these books were out of the age range, but we were able to swap them for 15 beginner level chapter books, and children's books, at our local used book store! We also had an extra $3 cash from the swap, of which we've put toward our shipping cost goal!

132 more books were added to the book drive! The GFF team took some of our own books to our local book store and traded in for some really awesome new & gently used children's books.

Thank you to another anonymous donor for your donation of 12 books! (There was a handful more donated, but they are currently under review to ensure they will be the right fit. If not then we'll swap them in your "name"!)

Thank you to Jesse & Bethany Thompson for your donation of 9 books that covered multiple topics. We know these are going to be well loved!

Thank you to multiple anonymous donors for your large book donation!

Thank you to the Best family for your donation of high school level Math text books!

We had 12 plastic totes donated to the drive! We were able to keep multiple hundred from this, and took anything we couldn't to our local used bookstore for store credit, and also donated the items they didn't want! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Tips for Other Book Drive Organizers

Spread the word on your book drive by calling local schools, libraries, family & friends, and on social media! You'd be surprised how quick the word spreads!

Check Facebook marketplace for families that are wanting to sell their gently used books, and tell them what that you're starting a library! A lot have been willing to sell more for less!

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