African Library Project

Gahanna for Ghana

09/30/2015 to 04/09/2016
Mercer Island 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 ...

We are a family who was motivated to start a library in Ghana, in honor of our mother. Jean Jarvis was a great storyteller, an author, a teacher, a small business owner and an historian. She held a lifelong love of books.

Jean was active in a group called Friendship Force, which brought people from all over the world together. In her apartment, she hosted travelers from Japan, Germany, Russia and New Zealand. Once, when she was at a Friendship Force meeting, she was wearing a name tag which said “JEAN JARVIS – GAHANNA, OHIO.” A distinguished man saw her name and hometown listed in the program and went looking for her. He was so thrilled at the idea of meeting another member who was from the same place as he was. When he finally caught up to her and they met, they laughed and laughed. Mom was from GAHANNA, Ohio and the gentleman was from GHANA.

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

Jeannie always wanted to visit Africa. Although she never made it there in person, we know that she would be so pleased to see this library, full of children gathered around, thoroughly absorbed in good books, laughing and learning about our great world.

About our African Partners...

Agape Love Academy in Ghana is in need of books from preschool to 4th grade reading level.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Laurie Philips

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 4/1/16)
1020 books $500 fundraising

We are ready to ship our books to New Orleans!

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