African Library Project

aka African Library Project   |   Mount Royal, NJ   |  www.africanlibraryproject.org

Mission

The African Library Project starts and improves small libraries in sub-Saharan Africa to promote literacy and education while educating Americans about Africa.

Ruling year info

2008

ED

Robyn Speed

Main address

19 Mantua Road

Mount Royal, NJ 08061 USA

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EIN

65-1261685

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many African children grow up without books, while U.S. bookshelves and landfills overflow with books no longer read. Africa has the highest percentage of illiteracy in the world. Books are the key to increasing literacy, and literacy is the #1 tool out of poverty. Many African teachers teach reading, writing, math and English without even a single book to use as a resource. Most the children in the Anglophone countries where ALP partners must take school exams in English in order to qualify to complete secondary school (high school) and to be eligible for college.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Small library development

Our core program is starting and improving small libraries in sub-Saharan Africa.  Our volunteer driven, grassroots organization coordinates book drives in the USA.  Each book drive collects 1,000 gently used children's books and raises about $500 to ship them, using our inexpensive container system.  In Africa, we partner with NGO and government organizations (e.g., Ministry of Education) who can support the development of 30-60 libraries year after year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The African Library Project changes lives book by book by starting libraries in rural Africa. Our grassroots approach mobilizes U.S. volunteers, young and old, to organize book drives and ship books to a partner library in Africa. Our method makes a concrete and personal difference for children on both continents

1) The African schools and communities apply through a local partner organization to request a library. Each school or community is required to provide the space, bookshelves and staffing for the library, which encourages sustainability. They also specify the kinds of books needed for greatest impact.

2) We match each approved African library project with a U.S.-based school or organization that agrees to collect gently used books and to raise the money to ship the books.

3) We support both parties to create a fabulous library! On the U.S. side, we support book drive organizers with specific tools and methods to collect 1000 books and raise $500 per library project. On the Africa side, we provide a manual on how to set up and run a library in a developing country. Our partners provide training and follow up to evaluate each project and encourage good library practices, so that donated books reach those who need them most.

Our partners in Africa work with us to develop 30-60 new libraries every year in their region. They screen and select local library projects, clear the books through customs, and warehouse and distribute the books to their destination. They also train teacher-librarians, measure progress and ensure each library thrives over time. Our partners include non-profits and governmental organizations.

Our volunteer book drive organizers collect 1000 books and raise about $500 in shipping funds for each library.
They rally their local communities to donate books; sort the books to ensure appropriate fit; hold a book packing party to get the books ready for shipment; and mail the books to our U.S. warehouse.
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Our Board of Directors are hands-on volunteers who are deeply involved in planning, organizing and implementing our core activities.

As of February 2019, we have:

Completed 2,620 libraries in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Cameroon, Lesotho, Nigeria, Botswana, Swaziland, Malawi, Ghana, South Africa, Sierra Leone, and Kenya.
Created 1,500+ partnerships with U.S. schools and other organizations.
Donated over 2.6 million books.
Organized major conferences to share best practices among our African Partners in 2008 (Botswana), 2009 (Lesotho), 2011 (Swaziland), 2013 (Malawi), 2015 (Ghana) and Botswana (2017).

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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African Library Project

Board of directors
as of 4/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Julie Freeman


Board co-chair

Karen Levesque

Amy Jo Carson

Kathryn Goettl

Anu Kulkarni

Margaret Elvekrog

Marla Williams

Christina De Simone

Karen Levesque

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Equity strategies

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.