African Library ProjectWhile raising children in the United States, it seems almost impossible to imagine a world without books. But sadly, there are many worlds without books that are closer than you might think. Africa has the highest percentage of illiteracy in the world, which often leads to poverty. Many teachers in Africa teach without any books as resources, and adults often lose their ability to read due to lack of reading material. African Library Project has been and plans on continuing to change that.

African Library Project is made up of U.S. volunteers and donors who start libraries across Africa. To date they have completed nearly 1000 libraries in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Cameroon, Lesotho, Nigeria, Botswana, Swaziland, Malawi, and Ghana. In January of 2013, they shipped their One Millionth Book. And the amazing thing is that it’s so easy to help.

To start a library in Africa, all you need are 1,000 gently used children’s books and $500! Instructions on how to start a book drive can be found on the African Library Project’s website here. So what are you waiting for?!? Get together and start a local drive right now. I know you don’t need both of those copies of Good Night Moon and there’s only so many times your parents can read you that book about the backwards superhero!

 

Borrow. Read. Return. Repeat.