Books, Volunteers, and Creating Inspiration on Two Continents

Chris Bradshaw and the African Library ProjectWhat if you had never had access to books when you were young? (This includes e-books on tablets, too.) How would your life be different now? How would YOU be different?

Africa has the highest percentage of illiteracy in the world, and many African teachers have to teach reading, writing, math and English without even a single book to use as a resource. Meanwhile, U.S. shelves and landfills overflow with discarded books.

Enter Chris Bradshaw and her nonprofit organization, African Library Project.

The African Library Project engages volunteers to collect books for libraries in African countries.Chris realized the massive need for books in Africa, and she discovered she had a way to help. The books so many people in the U.S. simply get rid of could be used to educate an entire continent.

Since its beginning, African Library Project has been a grassroots organization. It has always depended on the generosity and leadership of volunteers across the country. In fact, the organization itself is completely volunteer-run – the board meets around Chris’s dining room table.

Read more about Chris and African Library Project, and how volunteers are the magic ingredient that bring books and learning to people a world away – and inspiration to us all right here.

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