African Library Project


03/04/2015 to 05/11/2015
Tacoma WA

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 ...

Center for Service & Leadership at UW Tacoma and Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation are teaming up for the very first time to organize a book drive for the Enkathaweni Primary School in South Africa. With your help we will:

• Collect 1,000 new or gently used children's books by April 30th
-Drop books off in MAT 103 & receive your tax deduction form
• Collect $500 for shipping costs
-Select “International shipping fees” & use code "SA2-08"

Our website link:

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

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Nelson Mandela

Literacy is a right. Having the ability to read and write in English is necessary for education in South Africa. The Enkathweni school only has about 90 books for over 350 children. Our book drive will help give them the power to change their lives and transform their community.

About our African Partners...

Enkathweni Primary School needs our help! This school is in a rural village, 3 km from the town. Most of the students that come to this school come from indigent families that survive on social grants and pensions. When these students aren’t in school they are required to support their families by cooking, cleaning and collecting water for their family. Appreciating the students’ hard work, principals and the educators work diligently to improve the school. With the help of CSL and TUUC, this year African Library Project’s goal is to instill a love of learning and exploration in the students.The library will give them a pathway towards a lifelong learning and success journey.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We request to not donate any books that contains witchcraft. The local culture in South Africa is very suspicious of any witchcraft and magic.

There is a special need for the following types of books:
• Books for English skills (such as alphabet books, phonics, etc)
• Children’s books for leisure reading (US reading levels- preschool through 5th grade)
• Encyclopaedia (most learners have no access to computers or internet for research)--published after 2000
• Atlases--published after 2000

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

Lets spread the literacy! UWT is having a book drive and would like your help to spread the literacy in asking to donate books! Starting March 9, 2015- April 13, 2015. Please drop books in the bins around campus (MAT 103, MAT, GWP, WGC, UWTY, and Dougan) or there is a box for book donations at the TUUC church's foyer and in the central hallway downstairs. Every donation counts!

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

Help us raise the $500 needed to ship these books:

**Please select “International shipping fees” and place book drive code SA2-08 in the special field marked “book drive code”.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Joan Benderson

Name: Paul Prociv

Name: Schynequa Mathis

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: )
1300 books $500 fundraising

CSL and TUUC are teaming up for the first time to help our friend Michelle Harper, a former TUUC member and a former CSL-UWT employee who now is serving in the Peace Corps at an elementary school in South Africa.

Tips for Other Book Drive Organizers

Looking for great places to get low cost quality books? Great bargains have been found at:

• Value Village
• Half Price Books
• Goodwill

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