As the coronavirus pandemic continues to challenge and disrupt communities around the globe, the African Library Project is working tirelessly to continue to get books into the hands of eager readers.  

We’re committed to doing good at home by ensuring our book drive organizers have practical and safe ways to collect books and fundraise from the comfort of their homes. We are also collaborating with our partners on the ground to make certain they’re well-equipped to resume library development work when it is safe to do so. 

Below is a partial list of the actions we are taking, which we will continue to update:

One-Box Donations

To continue developing libraries during this time, we have launched a special One Box Project.  2019-2020 Book Drive Organizers, who already know our process, have been emailed and asked to send One Box (or more) of books to our warehouse.  These will be added together with other One Boxes and matched to schools in Malawi, our next container to ship.  If you would like to help pay the international shipping fee for these special libraries, please use Pay For Shipping and put in M12-500 as a container code to direct your donation to One Box.  It takes about $20 per box to pay for international shipping.  Check back here in a few weeks if you are not a recent Book Drive Organizer and would like to see if we have more need and have opened this up to general supporters.

Educational Updates on the Impact of COVID-19 in Africa

Working closely with our partners on the ground, we plan to bring you a series of online discussions and website content about how the communities and schools we serve are dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. The best way to stay up-to-date is to subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on social media.

Ways to Support African Library Project 

Monthly Giving 

Recurring gifts are a great way to support our organization. Your regular giving will provide critical support as we meet new challenges and opportunities during and after the pandemic. To set up monthly contributions, select ‘donate monthly’ before submitting your gift.

Unable to give monthly? You can help us create libraries during the coronavirus pandemic by making a tax-deductible donation of any amount. It costs us:

  • $25 to provide training materials for 3 new librarians
  • $100 to provide a set of 20 HIV/AIDS children’s books to a rural library 

Your donation will be used where it is most needed to support library development. 

Sponsor an Entire Library

Become a library sponsor by making a contribution of $250. 

Each sponsorship covers the cost of sending a library of 1,000 books from New Orleans to Africa. Sponsors will be recognized on our website and social media platforms and receive a special thank you from the African Library Project team. Start a sponsorship fundraiser with family and friends

Enhance Your Gift Using Corporate Matching

Double your donation by giving through your employer’s matching gift program. We have received generous matched contributions from companies and organizations such as Google, Apple, Gates Foundation, Humana, and Morgan Stanley. 

Contact your employer to learn how you can send a matched gift to the African Library Project. We are a registered charity on the Benevity Goodness Platform, Paypal Giving Fund, and others. For more information, email donations@africanlibraryproject.org

Spread the Word 

One of the easiest ways to support our work is by helping us expand our community of supporters.

Champion our cause on social media and across your online networks by sharing our mission with your family or friends. 

On May 5th, join us in our upcoming #GivingTuesdayNow campaign for our COVID-19 response fund. Our ask is simple, just tag 5 friends to share the importance of books and challenge them to donate.