African Library Project

Hope for Youth Library Project in Mukono, Uganda

05/15/2019 to 06/15/2019
Lafayette 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 ...

The Meher Schools is a preschool and K-5 elementary school offering a high-quality education with a strong infusion of the arts, and instilling the values of harmony, compassion, and service to others. Tali Braun, an alumnus of The Meher Schools Class of 2012, initiated a library project at the sister school, Hope for Youth. She visited the Ugandan school last summer and was captivated by their loving and earnest students and teachers. She also saw the scarcity of basic educational resources such as books, so now Tali is fully committed to the success of the Hope for Youth library. Please join this worthwhile endeavor!

Our website link:
Hope for Youth website is in process, but in the meantime you can view photos from Tali's visit in July, 2018.

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

Hope for Youth's library building has been completed! We're putting the finishing touches on the library and preparing to receive BOOKS! Please help us create a vibrant center of literacy and learning for the entire Kabembe neighborhood. Together we will inspire ideas, enrich lives and strengthen communities!

About our African Partners...

Hope for Youth is a non-profit organization in the rural Mukono district of Uganda. Hope for Youth runs a free primary school for local children and sponsors students for secondary school education. Additionally, they administer after-school and extra-curricular programs for local youth, including a girls and boys club, agricultural and animal farming projects.

Please contribute these kinds 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 levels (kindergarten to 6th grade). Send no more than two copies of any textbook; 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

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

Books can be dropped off in bins outside The Meher Schools office at 999 Leland Drive, Lafayette, CA or please contact us to arrange for book pick up.

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

We strongly encourage our book donors to help offset cost of shipping books to Uganda. Monetary donations (checks payable to "Youth Uganda" or cash) can be made at The Meher School office or online at
Youth Uganda is a 501(c)(3) non-profit working in partnership with Hope for Youth, so all contributions are tax-deductible.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Please spread the word about our library project!
The Hope for Youth community is forever grateful for your kind gestures!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Tali Braun
Phone: 925-212-1822

Name: Sachi Enochty
Phone: 925-586-9201

With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one – but no one at all – can tell you what to read and when and how.
–Doris Lessing

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