African Library Project

The Martin Family African Library Project

04/06/2016 to 05/31/2016
Kalamazoo MI

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 ...

Madie, Sydney, Eli, and Alex have committed to taking on this epic adventure! When they heard about having to collect 1,000 books and $500 dollars in the next two months, they didn't doubt for a second that they could do this with the help of family and friends. We're going for it and would love to partner with you as we love on the people of Malawi!

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

Our family has felt a continual call to serve those who are in need. We have been blessed by consistently serving those in our city of Kalamazoo - whether it be making blankets, serving the poor downtown, or providing food hot lunch in a local school. Just recently we have become involved in service overseas through Sole Hope as we cut denim shoes for those with jiggers. When we came across this exciting opportunity to build a library in Africa, we knew it would be a risk. Madie, Sydney, Eli, and Alex rose up and said that we could do this if we worked really hard and stayed focused. Dan and I are stepping forward in faith with them that God will provide everything we need for this book drive through our hard work and the partnership of our awesome friends and family. Our family loves books and takes for granted that our bookshelves are full and we get to enjoy good stories every day. We have unlimited access to any books we want whether we buy them or get them from the library. We want the people of Malawi to have the same opportunity because we know that the books we send will not only bring joy but also help the people of Malawi to be better educated so that they can enjoy greater opportunity. Please join us as we take this leap of faith!

About our African Partners...

The Republic of Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa. About half of Malawi’s population of 17 million lives on under $1.25/day. Average life expectancy is about 60 years. Malawi has such a low life expectancy in part because about 11% of the population has HIV/AIDS. Our family will be learning more about this country as we collect the books and are excited to share what we learn in the next few months!

Our African Library partner in Malawi is St. Paul’s Teacher Development Center. A community library is perfect for them. They have young learners who will use the preschool and primary books. There are secondary students. There are teachers in training who will use the books both to learn for themselves and to use in teaching.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We will be collecting books for ages pre-school through 8th grade. Here are specific guidelines of what we are looking for:

Preschool -
Baby Board Books
Children’s picture books

Primary and Secondary School -
Children’s fiction and non-fiction
Early readers
Teacher's resource books for school libraries
Children’s dictionaries/picture dictionaries
Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
Children’s encyclopedias/picture encyclopedias
Children’s thesauruses
Paperback textbooks in math, english, geography, health, and science at appropriate level (kindergarten to 8th grade).
Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
Children's books teaching life skills about health, hygiene, adolescence and careers
Accurate up-to-date atlases
Books about Africa or African-Americans
Educational children's science and literary magazines in good condition
Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles.

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

We will be collecting books and resources until May 20. You are welcome to drop off your donation at our house or we would be more than willing to pick up your donation from you. Please contact us and let us know how we can make giving these books easiest for you.

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

In order to ship these books to St. Paul's Teacher Development Center in Malawi, we need to raise $500 by May 20. Our kids plan to give some of their money and we will partner with them, but we wanted to give as many people as we could an opportunity to join us! Any amount would be a blessing. You can send checks to: Dan and Sara Martin, 32100 22nd Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009. Thank you for considering a gift!

Here are some ways that you can help...

We ask for your prayers as our family takes steps to serve the Kingdom of God in different ways. Jesus called us to show the world that we are Christians through our love, and we hope that this project is an opportunity to overflow with love to the people of Malawi that God loves dearly. So please pray that we would meet our deadline, that our family would experience the power of Christ through a strong team of family and friends that work together to make this happen, and that the people of Malawi would feel the love of our risen Savior through our efforts!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Madie or Sydney Martin Madie (age 10) and Sydney (age 9) are the leaders of this project for our family. You can email them with any questions!
Phone: 269.447.8222

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,000 books $500 fundraising

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