Books For Africa
253 East 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, Minnesota 55101
Contact person: Carole Patrikakos
- Aid organization
- Educational policy/project
- Aid for developing countries
- Volunteers are welcome.
Books For Africa was founded in 1988 as a nonprofit organization by Tom Warth. Tom’s visit to a Ugandan library, where books were almost nonexistent, inspired him to create a system for collecting useful books from American schools, libraries, and publishers to send to Africa.
Books For Africa. A simple name for an organization with a simple mission. We collect, sort, ship, and distribute books to children in Africa. Our goal: to end the book famine in Africa. We will help create a culture of literacy and provide the tools of empowerment to the next generation of parents, teachers, and leaders in Africa.
Books donated by publishers, schools, libraries, individuals, and organizations are sorted and packed by volunteers who carefully choose books that are age and subject appropriate. We send good books, enough books for a whole class to use.
At Books For Africa, we believe that education is the great equalizer in the world, and books are at the foundation of a strong educational system. Access to an education is one of the only opportunities young people have to end the cycle of poverty and attain a better quality of life than previous generations. Books For Africa supplies sea containers of approximately 22,000 books to rural school libraries, orphanages, adult literacy programs, and community resource centers.
Carole Patrikakos, Development Associate, Books for Africa.
For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.