Ruby's Lesotho Book Drive
The African Library Project brings gently used books to an African community that has lots of eager readers but very few books. Please help by collecting and delivering gently used books or by raising money to help pay for shipping to Africa. It only takes 1000 books and $500 to start a single library (and a little elbow grease!)
This book drive is organized by ...
My name is Ruby and I am going to start a library in Lesotho. I live in San Diego, California. I am in the fifth grade and I am very lucky to have great teachers and a passion for learning. I love to read, play outside, garden, polynesian dance, travel to National Parks, archery, play with my friends, and learn. My favorite book series are the Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Hunger Games, Fablehaven, and the Chronicles Of Narnia. My favorite books are Bridge To Terabithia, Jacob Have I Loved, Walk Two Moons, Number The Stars, Project 1065, Ninth Ward, and I could probably go on forever. Right now I am reading the Narnia series, Freak The Mighty, Lyddie, and Jip: His Story. I really love reading and school, and I want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to be able to love them as well.
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We want to start a library in Africa because...
I have always loved books and exploring the different stories of different people. I love school, too, and always work my hardest to get good results. It is hard for me to imagine a place without books. Without books, you don't have access to vocabulary and different types of stories. You also don't get the experience of suspense, sadness, relief, and happiness that you would get out of a book. A library is something every community in Lesotho should have. This is what I want in the world. I think that this library will open opportunities for people in Lesotho, and most importantly, create a love of learning.
My Mom was a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho and she has promised to take me on a trip to Lesotho once the library is set up to experience the beautiful country and its people, and see the library full of the books we have collected with your help.
About our African Partners...
Our books will be used to create a Community Library in Lesotho. When we receive information about the specific community, we will update you with that information here. The following link contains a video about how the African Library Project works in Lesotho: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtgLCAZZbic
Lesotho is a tiny country nestled in the middle of South Africa. Founded as a kingdom in the 1820s, Lesotho was a British protectorate for almost 100 years (1868- 1966) before regaining independence in 1966. Today, the country is one of the world’s smallest constitutional monarchies.
Lesotho is known for its beautiful mountains, horseback riding trails, fishing, and hiking. The country’s economy is based primarily on subsistence agriculture, tourism and notably, textile production. Lesotho exports more garments to the US than any other sub-Saharan nation; American companies like the Gap, Levi-Strauss and Wal-Mart have factories there.
Overall, Lesotho is very underdeveloped; it has little industrial production and very few natural resources. Many people of Lesotho (the Basotho) rely on employment in South Africa to support their families .English and Sesotho are Lesotho’s official languages but Xhosa and Zulu are also spoken.
In general, public schools in Africa charge tuition at all levels of schooling but since 2000, primary school education in Lesotho has been free and as a result, enrollment has increased. Unfortunately, students and parents face many issues paying tuition at the high school level. Only about a third of high school-age children attend school due to lack of funding and space
Lesotho is the home of the first African Library Project in Malealea Valley, begun in 2005. Since then, ALP has partnered with the U.S. Peace Corps, the Ministry of Education, and local citizens to start/ improve more than 363 community libraries; this includes libraries in schools and hospitals.
• Lesotho measures about 11 k square miles (roughly the size of Maryland) and has a population of 2 million.
• The UN estimates that 49% of the population lives below the international poverty line of US $1.25 a day. Migrant labor is the top money earner for the country
• Life expectancy in Lesotho is about 53 years.
• It’s estimated that about 23% of adults in Lesotho are living with HIV/AIDS- the 2nd highest prevalence in the world. There are over 73,000 orphans due to AIDS aged living in Lesotho.
Please contribute these kinds of books...
Our library is for ages preschool-8th grade: Please donate the types of books listed below:
Baby Board Books
Children’s picture books
Children’s fiction and non-fiction
Teacher's resource books for school libraries
Children’s dictionaries/picture dictionaries
Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
Textbooks in math (including algebra, geometry, pre-calculus), English, geography, health, and science (chemistry, biology) at appropriate level (kindergarten to 8th grade).
Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
Children's books teaching life skills about health, hygiene, adolescence and careers
Accurate up-to-date atlases
Educational children's science and literary magazines in good condition
Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles
Life skills books about health, hygiene, adolescence, careers, etc.
Books like Chicken Soup for the Soul (inspiring stories with life skills lessons)
National Geographic, less than 5 years old, especially with articles featuring Africa.
Books about Africa or African-Americans
Here's how you can contribute your books...
You can mail books cheaply through the United States Postal Service using the "Media Mail" rate. Collect the books in your house you are finished with, collect them from friends or co-workers, or find some in a used bookstore or at a yard sale. Box them up and send them to us using the media mail:
PO Box 749
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
If you live locally, send us an email and we will come and pick them up.
We need to receive your books by mid-March in order to meet the deadline for the shipping container that is leaving for Lesotho with our library books on it!!!
We need to raise funds for shipping the books...
The books are sent to Lesotho in a shipping container that leaves from the port in New Orleans. We need help raising the $250 dollar shipping cost of the books from the port in New Orleans to Lesotho. Click DONATE at the top of this webpage and select "Book Drive Shipping Donation." When you enter the code LE10-05, your
donations will be sent directly to the African Library Project to be used specifically for the shipment costs for this library.
The African Library Project is a registered 501(c)3 organization. The Federal Tax ID# is 65-1261685. Donations made directly to their website for my drive are tax-deductible.
If you need a receipt for your tax records, please let Ruby know and one will be sent to you.
We also need help raising money to send the books from San Diego to New Orleans, to buy packing tape, boxes, and to buy any needed specialty books no one happens to have laying around their house (animal husbandry, erosion control, reforestation, solar ovens, etc)
The $250 collected above is only used for the shipping of the books from New Orleans to Lesotho, so to help cover these other costs that we as book drives organizers incur, please go to https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/ruby-s-lesotho-library-book-drive to help us raise an additional $450.
Thank you for your generosity.
Here are some ways that you can help...
Quick and Easy: Go to our Amazon Wish Page https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/giftlist/3ME62FQH8KUMT/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_4
and purchase books that have been pre-selected as great choices for our Library in Lesotho. They can be new or used. Have them shipped to us at PO Box 749, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 and we will add them to the library collection!
Donate your gently used books to our book drive. You can mail them to us inexpensively using the "media mail" level of postage at the US post office.
Donate money to help pay for the cost of sending our library books to the port in New Orleans, as well as the shipping costs for the books to travel from New Orleans to Lesotho.
Follow this link to donate to mailing and shipping costs:
Spread the word about this book drive!!!
Contact us to find out more
Name: Julie Galbraith
|Our Goal||1000 books||$$600 fundraising|
|Results so far
|375 books||$100 fundraising|
Check out the following link for a brief slideshow about Lesotho
Thanks to Deena Rowe, Aunt Nanie Todd and Mary, Ms. Halboth, Maya A., Grammy and Papa, Aunt Taffy, Sam, Chloe and Mimo, and Anne Button, for the books so far. Also thanks to the Seltzer family, the Alam-Lalani family, JFK and Kristen.
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About the African Library Project
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