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19 June 2009 @ 08:37 am
Books for Africa  
CNN had an article today entitled Africa's Hidden Famine. This story got me because I am horrified by the idea that children anywhere might lack access to books!

If you have books that fit their criteria, you can mail books to the warehouse at Books For Africa, a nonprofit that helps fill the desperate need for text books and recreational reading in Africa.

Info from the site:

Please send all book donations to the BFA warehouse:

Books For Africa Warehouse-Atlanta
2971 Olympic Industrial Drive SE, Suite C
Smyrna, GA 30080 USA

Books For Africa accepts:

* 10 years old or newer popular fiction and nonfiction reading books (soft and hard cover).
* 10 years old or newer primary, secondary, and college textbooks (soft and hard cover).
* 1995 or newer reference books such as encyclopedias and dictionaries.
* 10 years old or newer medical, nursing, IT, and law books.
* Bibles are sent when requested by African recipients.
* School/office supplies—paper, pencils, pens, wall charts, maps, etc.

Acceptable books are gently used and relevant to an African reader.
Books For Africa does NOT accept:

* Magazines or journals or any kind.
* Home decorating, wedding, or cookbooks.
* Ethnocentric books, such as the biography of Abraham Lincoln or the history of Ohio.
* Foreign language books except for French books. French novels and dictionaries are welcome.
* American history or civics.
* Music books for K–12.

Currently, it costs 50 cents to ship each book to Africa. Please consider making a financial donation to cover the costs of shipping the books you donate. Please send financial donations separately in an envelope to the BFA office: Books For Africa, 253 East 4th Street, Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55101, USA. Or make a donation online.
equani_tsulaequani_tsula on June 20th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing this. I, too, am appalled at the idea of a child growing up without books and/or libraries. Probably because libraries are heaven to me, and books are like food to me. I shall pass this along.

Tapatitapati on June 20th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
Re: TY
You're welcome.

I'm sure the problem exists throughout the developing world. I know I've read the same about India. (And then what books exist are often Euro-American-centric.)

If I weren't so busy trying to get books for my grandsons, I'd send some. I'll have to see if I have anything else that qualifies from their list.
equani_tsulaequani_tsula on June 20th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
Re: TY
I'm sure you're right. I can't recall the name of the book now by John Wood, but he started "Room to Read" after he went on a trip to Nepal and discovered the schools there had very few or no books. On looking at their website today (http://roomtoread.org), I see they have now expanded into a number of other countries, including South Africa and Zambia.