Children's book author Gail Carson Levine once described a library as "infinity under a roof." Yet in rural regions of sub-Saharan Africa, most children grow up without books. Even in classrooms 10 to 20 students share one book, or have no books at all.
The African Library Project hopes to change this statistic. The nonprofit builds libraries in Africa by connecting book drive organizers in the United States with African communities in need. To date, the ALP has helped set up 727 libraries in nine African countries—including Ghana, Botswana, and Malawi—with almost 750,000 books donated in total.
It's easy to join. Anyone can start a library in Africa with just 1,000 gently used books and $500 to cover shipping costs. The ALP suggests six weeks for a book drive and recommends the project to ambitious book clubs, community organizations, schools, and families!