African Library Project

Malawi Secondary Community Library

03/11/2016 to 06/01/2016
Palo Alto 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 ...

Hello! My name is Leah Benque. I am a Junior in Palo Alto High School. I am collecting books for the library "Namulenga CDSS". This Library is located in Malawi, in Southeastern Africa. I'm looking forward to helping student in Malawi's Secondary Community Library get more books and an easier access to education, as it is sparse. Many schools in Malawi are over crowded. As a result, many students dropped out. I believe it's important to help countries in need of a better education, which is why I am collecting these books.

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Donations: . To make donations, You would need to click on click on Book Drive Shipping Donation. In the comments, please add my name (Leah Benque) and the code M8-26.

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

To me, education is very important. In order to have a better future, the children of today need to be educated. It starts from the beginning, which is in preschool and elementary schools. By providing more diverse material, students can have a choice of what they want to do. Every child deserves a chance.

About our African Partners...

The books that I am collecting will go to a Secondary Community Library in Mulange, Malawi. My African library partner is Namulenga CDSS.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

The books that this Secondary Community Library are collecting include U.S. preschool to 8th grade reading level books.

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

I will be collecting books anytime from now until May 15th. If you are interested in donating books, you can contact me by email. I will gladly make an arrangement about where to meet so that I can come pick up the books.

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

In addition to collecting books, I will be fundraising some money for the shipping. It would be easier to contact me by email beforehand if you would like to help.

Here are some ways that you can help...

If you wish to help, it would be great if you could either donate books, money, or both. In addition, it would be great if you could help me spread awareness about my project, by talking to family or friends for example.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Leah Benque
Phone: 6504756405

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising


Thank you to anyone who contributes! It means a lot!!

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