African Library Project

Building with Books: a Library for Mafi Sasekpe Village,Ghana

03/01/2017 to 04/17/2017
Rockwood TN

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 ...

Shelley Worman, a National Board Certified teacher-librarian with 30+ years working in Title One at risk schools. Several years ago I had the life-changing experience of visiting the village of Mafi Sasekpe in Ghana, West Africa. At a recent presentation about my trip to Rockwood High School students, they were surprised at the conditions they saw. The Future Business Leaders of America Club and the Civitan Club students are excited to share their books with the Mafi Sasekpe students to build a library. Imagine our Tennessee student's shock when they saw the completely empty classroom with hard cinder blocks to sit on. With only a blackboard to read from, students have to learn by rote, calling out words in unison. No colorful picture books for these African children. Not even any textbooks! It is time for that to change.

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

This village has NO books. Imagine giving the world, through books, to people who haven't even traveled down the street any farther than they can walk. Imagine learning words to things you've never seen-but through these donations they can see them. Books have that capacity! I have been witness to the power of reading and the inspiration of excellent books for my United States students. Now, with my Rockwood High School friends, we will significantly improve the Mafi student's journey to a vibrant and stimulating education.

About our African Partners...

The village of Mafi Sasekpe is located in the Volta Region in Ghana, West Africa . They have approximately 2,500 inhabitants with approximately 1,200 people living outside the village.
The people I met were kind, generous and very interested in sharing their daily life with me. Over the past several years we have succeeded in piping in fresh water , electricity and an improved local clinic.
Farming is the main economic activity with major crops of cassava, ground nuts(peanuts), maize and cowpea. Gari processing and charcoal manufacturing are supplementary income. Incomes are very low, less than $1 a week. A parents ability to send children to school has been declining. Educational standards are falling and school drop-outs have reached high levels. The Sasekpe Library project has been conceived as a way of deepening reading habits in the students and complementing the effort of parents/guardians whose falling income levels have rendered them incapable of providing books for their children.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We are collecting books in good usable condition for preschool through 6th grade. Novels, picture books,easy to read books, science, history/social studies, and math books are needed,
Educational games, textbooks (1 copy each) and puzzles are appreciated.
They also need modern laptops in good usable condition with basic programs.

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

Our Book Drive will last from March 1, 2017 - April 15, 2017 For donations in the East & Middle Tennessee area please text me at 865-454-4196 to arrange a meeting place. Time will be noted in this space for meet-ups in the Knoxville, Roane County and Cumberland County areas. Please mail books to 154 Pomeroy Drive, Crossville, TN 38558 if necessary for distance or time constraints. I will do everything I can to meet people at a reasonable distance.

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

We need funds for shipping books. Approximately $250 for US mail to the container and $250 for shipping the books to Ghana. This project is a 501c3 charitable organization. Receipts are available for both book donations and monetary donations. Please contact me directly to donate funds since some funds come to each unit to cover shipping costs. Thank you

Here are some ways that you can help...

How you can help!
Donate funds for the shipping part of this project.
Donate McKay's Bookstore coupons. I will shop with these coupons for our Book Drive.
Donate books, laptops and teaching supplies.
Educational games and puzzles are also needed.
I am available to present a program to interested groups of children and adults!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Shelley Worman Please leave message if necessary. I will contact you asap.
Phone: 865-454-4196

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,000 books $550 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 4/20/2017)
1220 books $380.00 fundraising

Students at Rockwood High School Future Business Leaders of America are working hard to sort, pack and label books to ship. And the students in the Rockwood High School Civitan Club are having bake sales to raise money for shipping! This is a speedy book drive deadline. Please consider doing it Now! Thank you!

Building with Books: a Library for Mafi Sasekpe Village,Ghana


Much thanks to Shannon Ruiz Hernandez,Morgan R, Hayley R, Nicole , the Trish T. famiiy, Beth E,Emelie G.Donna C. and Matthew W for your book donations! At Rockwood High School, thank you to Mrs. Bailey and the Future Business Leaders of America and Mrs. Cheek with the Civitan Club. Thank you to Mrs. Miller for dropping off our books in the New Orlean's warehouse!

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