ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Books For Africa says it has shipped around 1.9 million books to 21 African countries in the past 12 months, a new high for the St. Paul-based nonprofit.

The group says the books were worth $22.2 million dollars. Books for Africa says it also shipped 643 computers and 13 brand new law libraries to Africa during the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Books For Africa says it’s the world’s largest shipper of donated books to Africa. Since 1988, it has shipped over 24 million high-quality books to children and adults in 45 African countries. The books come from a variety of sources, including many school districts and greater Minnesota communities that donate used school books.

The group says its goal is to “end the book famine in Africa.”

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Comments (2)
  1. Lisa says:

    While sending books is a excellant effort, they dont do a tremendous amount of good when you have no clean water and are dying of starvation. The net value of the books at 22.2 million dollars would have punched alot of wells, setup feeding stations and programs to teach people how to raise livestock and produce.

    1. Guy says:

      Actually they probably DO help with the clean water. I suspect that they use the books for firewood to boil the water … (since very few of those books are in Swahili which is the domanent language there)