African Library Project

Kip & Cricket's Book Drive for Michesi Primary School-Malawi

04/01/2015 to 05/25/2015
Menlo Park 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 ...

Kip - 7th grader at Hillview Middle School

Cricket - freshman at Menlo-Atherton High School

Image by David Zinn - http:/

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

We enjoy reading and visiting our local library and hope to give others the same opportunity and enjoyment!

About our African Partners...

The educational system in Malawi consists of 8 years in primary school, 4 in secondary school and 4 at university. Starting in year 5 of primary school, all subjects are taught in English.

Malawi population = 17 million (11% with HIV/AIDS)

Official languages = English and Chichewa (plus additional local languages)

Capital city = Lilongwe

Adult literacy rate = 75% (men = 81%, women = 69%)

Life expectancy = 60 years

The village chief has committed to ensuring the security of the library books, as well as sensitizing the community on the importance of using the library. The Michesi PTA chairwoman says she will be personally involved in organizing the books and general upkeep of the library. The last "commitment letter" included with the application describes that the Michesi School library will serve 11
villages in the area - that's impressive.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

All books are happily accepted, but these kinds of books would be especially welcome:

- Pre-school picture books

- English grammar books

- Science books

- Atlases

- Encyclopedias

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

Please contact us: -- we will be happy to come pick up books.

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

We will be doing a lemonade stand.

We are also grateful for any donations toward the $500 cost of shipping the 1,000 books to Malawi.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Kip Gorey
Phone: 650-321-6040

Name: Cricket Gorey
Phone: 650-321-6040

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: June 21)
1000 books $500 fundraising

Hello Friends & Family - our books shipped to Malawi on June 1st!!


Thanks everyone for all of your donations - books, funds and enthusiasm - all very much appreciated!!

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