Working with Books for Africa and their local partners, the 2012 EDC will create a library for the students of Ng’iresi Primary School bringing the joy of reading and learning, in and outside of the classroom, to over 1,000 children. Additionally, this partnership will provide for the shipment of an additional 22,000 books to African schools in need.
Books For Africa’s mission is to end the book famine in Africa.

Books For Africa (BFA) collects, sorts and distributes new and gently used books throughout the African continent, putting books in the hands of children who would otherwise go without.BFA ships to African partners such as NGOs, rotary clubs, Ministries of Education and foundations, who receive 40-foot containers of 22,000 books and coordinate their distribution to schools, universities, orphanages, and libraries with which they are connected.

Books for Africa is the largest shipper of donated books to the African continent in the world, shipping 22.2 million books to 48 African countries since its founding in 1988.

Books For Africa believes that education is an essential human right, and that access to books—as a means of developing literacy skills—is an essential part of a good education.

If you would like to make a donation as a gift for another person, BFA will send a handwritten note to your honoree, informing them that you have sponsored “x” boxes of books to children in Tanzania in honor of “their birthday, wedding, Christmas, etc.” This information (honoree’s full name, address or email, amount of donation, and occasion for the donation) can be emailed to rachel@booksforafrica.org upon making the donation.


Donation Levels/Impact for Books for Africa:

  • $50Box of Books - Fill a box of age-appropriate books for a classroom.

  • $250 Books for a Classroom - Provide books for a class of 40students.

  • 500 Agricultural Acumen - Provide a specialty agricultural library to secondary students in rural farming areas.

  • $1,000 Fills a Library - Outfita school library in rural Tanzania.

  • $2,000 Legal Library - Create a specialty law library tailored to African lawyers.

  • $5,000 Brings Books to a School - An entire school benefits with books for the classroom, a library and for the students to take home!

  • $10,300 Means 22,000 Books - Ship a crate of 22,000 books from the US to an African country in need.

Total Raised: $12,539.66 Potential with GE Matching Funds: $25,079.32