African Library Project

Project READ ( Renewing and Empowering African Dreams )

12/15/2015 to 03/15/2016
Greensboro NC

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 two high school students (Jessie Rios and Ny'Asia Dixon) with the desire to impact a part of our world in a positive way. Our goal is to provide more opportunities to African children to further their education. And to make sure every child has the access to books so that they can achieve their goals in life. We want to give children in less fortunate parts of the world the same opportunities that we are given in America, and we believe building libraries in Africa is the first step in doing that.

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

A good education is the foundation of a successful life. We believe everyone deserves an equal chance to learn and be successful. By participating in this project we can make that happen. These kids deserve the opportunity to have books and have knowledge that can take them to extreme heights in their lives.

About our African Partners...

Our African partner is a primary school in the country of Swaziland. Swaziland a sovereign state in Southern Africa. Education in Swaziland is not required and it is not free for the majority of students. The Swaziland education system is made up of three parts Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary. Primary education consists of seven levels. The first two are called Grades one and two and the next five years are called Standards one to five. Primary education starts around ages six or seven, and most kids in Swaziland, about ninety three percent, obtain a primary education. Secondary education is not free, and only about twenty percent of children of school age are able to go to primary school, mostly because families need their children working on farms at home or because they can only afford to send one child to school. Only about five percent of students of schooling age will receive a tertiary education. Schooling is paid for by the government for students who qualify for a higher education

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We are hoping to collect preschool to 4th grade books in the following categories:
Paperback children’s picture books, Baby board books, Paperback easy readers, Paperback juvenile literature, K-4 textbooks (English, math, science, geography), Encyclopedias & atlases, Paperback dictionaries, Chapter books.

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

We are distributing flyers and donation bags and boxes around Western Guilford High school (409 Friendway Road 27410). We are placing donation boxes in local church Love and Faith Christian Fellowship ( 4344 Blackberry Road Greensboro NC 27406 ). We are starting our drive on October 30th and ending on March 15th.

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

Our goal is to raise $500 to cover the cost of shipping and handling. If you want to contribute money please email us at ( or, and we will send you details.

Here are some ways that you can help...

You can help us by donating money, books, volunteering or spreading the word.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Ny'Asia Dixon
Phone: 3363105894

Name: Jessie Rios

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising


We would like to thank all our sponsors, volunteers, donors, and contributors from the bottom of our heart for sharing. You are making a big difference.

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