Books For Africa

By Sneha, Taylor, Ruby, and Jaxon


  • Education is important for societal and economic advancement
  • 40% of over 15 are illiterate
  • Need to improve conditions
  • 1/3 of children in sub-Saharan Africa do not go to school
  • Lack of resources
  • Books for Africa provides books and computers


  • End the book famine in Africa
  • Create a culture of literacy/provide tools of empowerment
  • Ultimate goal is to get books to the kids to better their education


  • Founded in 1988 by Tom Warth
  • Nonprofit organization
  • When he took a trip to Uganda he came up with the idea
  • Take discarded books from American libraries and schools
  • Was a simple idea but the potential was profound
  • Accomplished a goal others could only dream of

The Means

The Process

  • Collects books and computers through donations
  • Volunteers at GA and MN warehouses organize books
  • Books shipped to Africa
  • Other organizations assist in receiving materials (transportation and costs)
  • Distribute books
  • Enjoy!

The Money

Personal fundraising projects

  • Guitar Hero contest
  • Birthday party donations

Books for Africa fundraisers

T-Shirt sales

Private Contributors and Corporate Philanthropy

  • Better World Books
  • Ghana Book Trust
  • International Foundation for Education and Self-Help
  • Kampala International University
  • Out of Print
  • U.S. Department of State

Nonmonetary Contributions


  • Promotional Videos
  • T-shirts
  • 25th anniversary events
  • News

Low focus

The Holes

Little awareness
  • Publicity
  • Advertisements

Financial difficulties for recipients

  • NGOs assist with funds currently
  • Books for Africa assist or facilitate


Successes of Books for Africa

  • Past year: 2.2 million books, 616 computers, 15 law libraries
  • Since inception: 27 million books to 48 different countries
  • Largest shipper of books to Africa


  • Book drive
  • Collect donations
  • Publicize the organization and its mission locally