African Library Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting educational development through library development in 13 sub-Saharan African countries. Our libraries are created, sustained, and maintained by the donation of relevant reading materials (gently used children’s books), Teacher-Librarian training, and strong partnerships with organizations.
Our library growth is operationalized through the shipment of several sea containers annually. For the last couple years, ALP has been successful in shipping six sea containers (either 20′ or 40′ ft long) annually, containing 30,000 – 64,000 books. Library recipients receive 500 to 1,200 books (depending on the size of the recipient’s learner population as specified in their application). Supplementary items include STEM and HIV/AIDS prevention readers (provided by donation from Pearson Education), and a Teacher-Librarian Manual.
Our model is unique in that libraries are matched directly with a provider of books. This process means that the donated books are collected with the reader in mind. In addition to categorizing our libraries by reading levels, applicants can further specify the types of books that its learners are most interested in, increasing the value, performance, and impact of each library.