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We are eager to share our 2022 impact numbers, which will be tabulated following the shipment of our 12th container to Uganda. In the meantime, let's quickly revisit our  2021 Impact Report as a measurement and testament to our continued growth and expansion of literacy. In 2021, 276 Book Drives were completed by 217 different individuals and groups. Those drives created 276 libraries of six different types across six African countries. Per the beneficiary's library applications, these new libraries reach a total population of 350,093 young pupils.
See Entire 2021 Impact Report Webpage to Learn More

Is Your Heart an Open Book?

Valentine's Day is two days away! This year, send your Valentine who shares your love for literacy an ALP e-Valentine. To send, make an online donation to ALP and select 'Dedicate my donation in honor or in memory of someone,' fill in their contact information, and choose one of the four e-Valentine options to send. Your donation will go towards covering the cost of shipping books.

In 2022 there was a ~10% rate increase in domestic media mail shipping costs. This rate increase has influenced a decrease in volunteers signing up to do book drives. Thus, donations to ALP at this time will be directed toward covering the shipping of libraries to help provide as many approved library applicants with a small library in by the end of 2023. 

Plus, our e-Valentine card options will make any book lover blush.
Spread Your LOVE for LITERACY

Lesotho Update

Early this week, Lesotho's 14th container was received and unloaded. There were 495 boxes containing 30 libraries of 32,662 Books! We don't need a crystal ball to predict that these boxes are about to make very deserving teacher-librarians and students very happy very soon.

Special thanks to Jobo and Venus for coordinating the container's receipt and the men who helped unload close to 500+ boxes.

Malawi Update

Last month we shared photos from the Malawi container being unloaded. In January, two of our Partners in Malawi, University of Malawi and Malawi Institute of Education, provided photos from their handover ceremonies and library pickups. View the Malawi (14) photo album here.

Take a Video Tour of a Library in Uganda

Take a tour of the grounds and library of K.K. Kindergarten and Primary School guided by the school's Teacher-Librarian, Margret Mukuru. See where students play outside, and meet the students helped set up the library and will help Margaret manage the library for the school's 300+ students. 
Watch Tour on YouTube

The Latest by Country



The 16th container to Botswana left at the end of December and will be received by the Botswana Ministry of Education and Skills Development (BMOESD) soon. Stay tuned for updates in next month's newsletter and follow us on social media for timely updates.

The Book Drive mailing date for the 17th container to Botswana is October 1, 2023. Sign-ups to open in June.
The 12th container to Ghana arrived in late October and has been unloaded. Distribution to libraries has begun and we will circulate photos and videos as they are received on our social media accounts. 

Did you miss the video exclusive that shows students carrying their library through the hills to their school? Watch it here.


No updates at this time. Click here to view photos from 2022.

The Book Drive mailing date for the 6th container is September 1, 2023. Sign-ups to open in June.
The 14th container for Lesotho has arrived and been unloaded. Stay tuned for further updates on applicants receiving their libraries.

The Book Drive mailing date for the 15th container to Lesotho is May 1, 2023. 


The 14th container to Malawi was unloaded by partners and colleagues. See pictures here.

The Book Drive mailing date for the 15th container to Malawi is March 15, 2023. Sign-up today!

There are nine library applicants who haven't been matched with a Book Drive yet. If you have books to ready to ship, please sign up today. 
We are active in South Africa once again through a new partnership with Lisika Unite Foundation. They are in the Limpopo Province, which is located in the northernmost province of South Africa. Limpopo is South Africa's second-poorest province, with more than 80% of its population living in under-resourced rural areas.

The Book Drive mailing date for the 3rd container to South Africa is June 1, 2023. Sign-ups to open SOON.



Boxes are arriving at our shipper's warehouse. Stay tuned for when we announce that the container has boarded a vessel for its voyage across the Atlantic.

The Book Drive mailing date for the 3rd container to South Africa is June 1, 2023. Sign-ups to open in March.

*Requires Book Drive Code, for general donations click here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Give back to our community by volunteering your expertise! Click here to learn more about our volunteer positions.

Open opportunities include:
  • Board of Directors (apply no later than March 6)
  • Graphic Designer
  • Technology Administrator

Quick Links

Book Drive Organizer Spotlights

We've been highlighting Book Drive Organizers on our blog and social media accounts. Visit our blog to read testimonials from our latest Book Drive Organizer spotlights. 

Interested in being featured in as our next Book Drive Organizer Spotlight? Contact your Container Manager or email us at for more information.
Thank you for spending time catching up with African Library Project. We are so lucky to have individuals like you who take interest in the work we're doing together to nurture literacy. Please connect with us on social media and visit the ALP website for more. 
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