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Did you know…?
In the Gambia, only about half of the population can read and write. There is an extreme shortage of books, which many development workers call book famine.
Organizations such as Books for Africa, Inc. have teamed up with the women of Njau and other Gambian organizations to try and change that. 1 Million Books for Gambia is an ongoing program dedicated to creating and filling new libraries around the country.
Here’s how YOU can be a part of the effort:
- Host a 1 Million Books for Gambia fundraiser at your school. Author Miranda Paul or the real Isatou Ceesay may even come and visit your school for free if you do! Click here [LINK to “Meet the women” page] for more information about an author visit or book tour stop near you.
- Collect appropriate new and gently used books and send them to Books for Africa’s Atlanta warehouse. You can use the media mail rate and send them to: Books For Africa Warehouse, 2971 Olympic Industrial Drive SE, Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30339. If you want to drop them off in person in Atlanta, go here to check hours. If you live closer to Minneapolis, you can drop books off at this location. Label them “1 Million Books for Gambia” if you’d like them to go to our project, specifically.
- Read books about kids in other parts of the world! Every time we learn another language, explore another culture, or make a connection to kids around the world, we grow in our understanding and empathy. Learn more about the movement to diversify your bookshelf at diversebooks.org.
If you’d like to contribute funds directly to Books for Africa’s 1 Million Books for Gambia project, you can do so online at the BFA site. Click “The Gambia” on the map and your funds will go directly to our project. Thank you!