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Create a Library in Rural Botswana: Book Drive Organizer - Volunteer

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ORGANIZATION: African Library Project

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
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Books Provide a Key to a Better Future
African children grow up speaking their native language, but begin to study their national language in school. The African Library Project works in countries where English is the national language.

The African Library Project is looking for YOU to help create a library in a rural African community with little access to books.

How can you help? By becoming a Book Drive Organizer. As a Book Drive Organizer, you could work with a school, religious organization, company, youth club or your family to collect, sort, pack, and ship 1000 gently used children's books and raise $650 to ship the books to Africa.

Your book drive would be matched with a school or community in Botswana that has requested books for a library and agreed to provide a place for the library and librarians to run it. Books ranging from preschool through 8th grade reading level are requested.

Since 2005, the African Library Project has worked with volunteers in the U.S. and Canada to collect 3.9 million books and start 3,000+ libraries. Some of our Book Drive Organizers have had so much fun they want to do more than one book drive.

Book drives usually last 6-8 weeks. You can find guidelines and resources for book drives on our website. Just copy and paste this link: https://www.africanlibraryproject.org/book-drives/

We hope you will sign up!

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About African Library Project


19 Mantua Road, Mt. Royal, NJ 08061, US

Mission Statement

The African Library Project changes lives book by book, together with partners in Africa and North American volunteers, to create, improve, and sustain libraries in African communities.


African Library Project is dedicated to expanding opportunities by creating spaces that nurture literacy. We create and improve small libraries in African communities that have had limited access to literary materials. Since 2005, our organization as has established over 3,400 libraries in schools and communities across 13 African countries. That's over 3.6 million books! We are a growing non-profit guided by values of partnership, involvement and sustainability. We currently work in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Uganda. African Library Project is proud to partner with outstanding organizations and individuals who are dedicated to promoting literacy and library development in Africa. In the United States and Canada, volunteers organize book drives and raise funds to ship the books overseas. Once those books are gathered and mailed, African Library Project relies on a network of dedicated partners within Africa to get them to each community - no matter how far. In addition to selecting and vetting each library recipient, our trusted partners provide training on how to set up and run a library in a rural community. Together, we evaluate the use of our libraries, measure our impact and share in developing best practices. The African Library Project’s goal is to make sure our libraries remain active and continue to enrich those who need them the most. Learn more about us at: www.AfricanLibraryProject.org.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, International


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This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Literacy / Reading
  • Youth Services
  • Child Development
  • Reading / Writing


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • 80 hours (if working with friends, family, or group these hours would be spread across everyone involved in your book drive).

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