One Book Per Family

$601 of $1,560 goal

Raised by 11 people in 26 months
“To own a book is a luxury,”
                               said Kinshasa Driver Malu Malu MAYELE 

In the Democratic Republic of Congo,
the population’s buying power is very low.
They want books to read. Any books. In any language.
But they cannot afford to own one.
Public libraries are practically non-existent.
And so people read less and less.
It’s a vicious circle!

This is the situation in the capital city of Kinshasa, in all the other Congolese cities, and in the rural areas too.

I have to do something about it!

Hi, my name is Kabuika.
My goal is to bring my newly published book
                             "I Used to be Afraid of Animals" 

                                To every family in Kinshasa
                                To every family in the villages

                                 One Book per Family !

I am starting with 108 children’s books to give away.

The book is about a girl who is afraid of animals. She hides in her bed when there is a boa. There is only one animal she's not afraid of, her sister's monkey, Coco.
Can a monkey teach a girl to be fearless?

This is a true story! I grew up on the edge of the rainforest in Congo, surrounded by animals.

                                One Book per Family !

                               You can make it possible!
                                Donate $14.50 per book
                     (This includes shipping and handling all the way to the poorest neighborhoods in Kinshasa and the most remote villages in the country!)

                            And you will enrich a child’s life!

I have already made connections in Kinshasa and in the villages of Nord-Ubangi, Kasai Central and Maniema provinces.

                  The distribution begins on October 25th !

                                        Donate $14.50

                      and a family will have his own book by 

                                      One Book per Family !
                                Now they can enjoy reading!

Thank you for caring for Congo’s future!

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The French Edition of my book is out ! I flew in to Paris to pick it up. I'll be distributing free copies in Kinshasa and in the villages in Congo.

"Kabuika has a lovely way of portraying children's feelings, and helping them see that feelings are not set in stone, but can change." - Gustine Matt,
Great-grandma to a 3 1/2- year-old boy.
The French Edition of my book is out !
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A young man gave me #10.
- Here ! It's for your project.
- For the "One Book Per Family" project?
- Yes, for your project.

It was unexpected.
Especially since his Congolese salary was probably quite modest.

Thank you to him !
Thank you to all of you who believe in sponsoring books for Congolese families !

Here ! For Books for Congo Families !
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"We do not have time to go to the French Institute library because we're always running behind time to eat and survive.
We Africans need to elevate our education level. We need books."
_ Jacques Bana Yanga, Congolese dancer, musician, and educator.

With Bana Yanga, we are planning to bring free books and free music shows to the mass, in the ghettos right where they live.

Imagine children in the poorest neighborhoods receiving their own copies of I Used to be Afraid of Animals !

#drcongo #rdc #kinshasa #africanlife #iusedtobeafraidanimals #reading #rdc #books #onebookperfamily
Kabuika & Bana Yanga
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David Kisilunga is 13 years old. He lives in Kinshasa and he likes to read everything.

Dynamic and eager to learn, David is a street kid, who stays in a group home.

For the first time in his life, David owns a book. He received the book, "I Used to be Afraid of Animals" on December 16th, 2016.

His very own first book.
One Book Per Family.
A Congolese boy wants to read a book.
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$601 of $1,560 goal

Raised by 11 people in 26 months
Created August 30, 2016
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Ethel Pillman
23 months ago

In honor of Erin

Viktor Steiner
23 months ago

Keep up the good work!

Tara McLaughlin Giroud
23 months ago

I love your book, Kabuika. I wish you the best of luck sharing reading with the families of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Pierre Champsavoir
23 months ago

Keep going Kabuika, we know it is the only way to make good things happening

Michelle Schroder
23 months ago

A beautiful book!

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