African Library Project

Victoria and Stephanie's African Library Project

04/04/2016 to 05/08/2016
Sicklerville NJ

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 ...

My name is Victoria Guevara, and I am a junior at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School. Illiteracy is a growing problem that cannot be ignored, and I wanted to help somehow. Like most, I turned to Google and looked up organizations that helped specifically with illiteracy. Most of them only ask for donations on the spot, through online payment, and in specific amounts. I wanted to be more involved than an online transaction. I wanted to see where my money was going and how much it truly helped. For all I know, the half of the money could just be profit. I found the African Library Project, and knew that was the organization that I could contribute to the most. Not only were they accepting monetary donations, but book donations as well! A brilliant idea that I'm so excited about. Any kind of donation, whether its a book or money, is immensely appreciated.

My best friend Stephanie feels the same way I do about literacy, and knew I couldn't do an entire drive alone, and decided to give me a hand. With our skill combined, we hope to offer as much help as we can to those children.

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

Our names are Victoria Guevara and Stephanie McGady, and one the most important goals in our lives is to significantly reduce illiteracy.

Being literate opens so many doors in life that we here in the United States take for granted. Most of us were fortunate enough to grow up in environments were books were easily accessible, even though most of us now detest them (due to mass amounts of reading assignments were now receive). But reading and writing can take us to wonderful places within the depths of our imagination without moving from our seat. Reading and writing stimulates the mind by opening it up to many perspectives, which are crucial when faced with problem solving and decision making.

When I, Victoria, was three to four years old, I was already an avid reader. After I got over the phase of merely biting my delicious looking children’s books, I actually looked beyond the pictures and into the words. I was so interested by the explanations for the pictures. Eventually I had a favorite book about one and two fish, and red and blue fish. As a I grew older, so did the content of my writing. Though I have unfortunately grown out of picture books, they played a major role in my appreciation for literature today. We'll admit that we are not a fans of the massive amounts of reading we have to do for school; but we know that they have made us into the educated people we are today. We wish for everyone to have an experience of growing up around books as we did. With technology today, this kind of upbringing is unfortunately fading.

Since they are behind in the technological advances of America, they grow up traditionally, as we like to think we did, with dialogue and books. By collecting books for these African countries, we give them the tools to become more literate. We are not solving their problems, but giving them what they need to solve their problems on their own. The more literate these people become, the more aware they will be of their situations, and will ultimately figure out a way to solve their problems.

Many organizations across the nation raise money to give food and money to the less fortunate in places like Africa, and basically solve their problems for them. While that is nice, they are not taught how to deal with their problems. They will then expect the same actions if the same problems were to arise.

We cannot spoon-feed those who have problems greater than our own in an effort to make them as privileged as us. We must act as guides to a path that is right for them. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg were not handed the job of CEO, or handed the ability to come up with Microsoft and Facebook. They worked for it, and were helped by teachers and family.

Our ultimate goal for this drive is to help a community of the people of Lesotho have better lives. To do that, we must start from the root of the problem. If they can read and write, they can improve themselves. We can’t GIVE them a better life, but we can give them the tools get there.

About our African Partners...

We are working with a Seconday Community Library in Lesotho.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Books of pre-school to 8th grade reading level. Please no adult novels, or books with slang, or any major references to or uses of technology, or about US government and history (but African-American government and history works perfectly), book that evangelize or promote religions, magazines more than five years old.

Book examples:
Junie B. Jones series, The Hunger Games Trilogy The Maze Runner

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

If you are from Bishop Eustace or work there: There is a basket in college placement and guidance that is nicely decorated and labeled "African Library Project." Please feel free to drop books off there.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Donate whatever you want, please share this website with your friends and family,

Contact us to find out more

Name: Tori

Name: Steph

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 3/24/16)
60 books $25 fundraising


Thank you to PVI Junior Sean Bonner for his book and monetary donations.

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