African Library Project

VCDECA African Library Project
Changing Lives in Ghana, Book By Book!

01/07/2015 to 04/15/2015
San Jose 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 ...

Valley Christian DECA Chapter (VCDECA) is a business club comprising a team of 30+ high school students, who are very passionate about giving back to the community.

The book drive is led by Andrea Daniel, Founder and President of VCDECA.

Our website link:

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

"Books Change Lives. Books were instrumental in bringing my family to America, the land of opportunity. My parents once told me the story of how they had to save every penny they could, walk miles to a public library, rent books, and had to return them within a week or pay a hefty penalty. Over time, they found a sponsor family in the United States that would ship them used books once a year. My parents waited eagerly, devoured the books within weeks, and hungered for more. The English literacy that they developed by reading these borrowed books, changed the course of their future. I wouldn't be here in America if it weren't for the doors that books opened for my parents.

We the students of VCDECA, come from diverse backgrounds but there is one common thread in each of our stories. Most of our parents did not have easy access to books and yet, they owe their success in life to books.

We want to start a library in Africa to improve English literacy and open the doors of opportunity to many children. With our book drive we hope to raise awareness in our local community that the gift of books can help redeem a child out of poverty and set a course for a brighter future."

~Andrea Daniel.

About our African Partners...

Our African Library partner in Ghana is Akropong DA Primary & Junior High School. Our book drive will benefit this community of pre-school to 8th grade children in Ghana.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Books at U.S. preschool to 8th grade reading level are desired but ALL books are appreciated and accepted.

You can also send books from the Amazon wish list of special books that children in Africa can relate to:

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

Drop Off Locations:

Valley Christian High School
100 Skyway Drive, San Jose, California 95111.
Dates and hours for Drop Off will be published soon.

Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church Library.
728 West Fremont Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94087.
Donations will be accepted starting January 19th (Martin Luther King Service Day) and until February 15th.

Silicon Valley Fencing Center
4500 El Camino Real #1, Los Altos, CA 94022.
Donations will be accepted starting January 19th (Martin Luther King Service Day) and until February 15th.

More Drop Off Locations will be published soon. You can also contact us to coordinate a pick-up.

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

Please contact us to donate to this book drive.

You can also donate online at: Please remember to specify "VCDECA African Library Project' as the beneficiary of your donation.

Here are some ways that you can help...

You can help raise awareness and change lives by
- Donating books
- Donating funds towards shipment of books
- Volunteering to pack and ship books (volunteer hours are applicable for this activity)
- Place bins at your workplace, church, sports club, school etc. to collect books
- Share our website with friends and family to raise awareness
- Join hands with us to conduct more book drives in the future

Contact us to find out more

Name: Andrea Daniel

Progress Report

Our Goal 2000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: February 14)
1068 books $200 fundraising

This week we just completed our penny wars at Valley Christian High School. We fundraised $200 and finally passed the 1000 bookmark.

Donate Today and Make a Change! :)


We have a little over 1000 books and are halfway to our goal!!! A special thanks to the VCDECA chapter for making this possible.

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