Photo: Darius Ricks (right, red shirt) . My former student & co-founder, Library for Africa (visit school in Liberia, Africa). Students hold banner with 3D image of the "future" Library for Liberia (after it is built).
Former teacher and student plan to build the "first" library in Liberia, Africa. When my former student, Darius Ricks, told me that a public library does not exist in his country -- without hesitation I asked, "How can I help?" In 2019, I left my teaching job and founded Library for Africa (non-profit organization) that provides educational services and resources to school-age youth in Dayton, Ohio and Liberia, Africa. Darius is the co-founder. We are committed to serving youth and communities in the United States and internationally. Our major focus is to build the "first" 21st century public library in Liberia, Africa. Building the library is an important and necessary undertaking. Your donation will help us to construct library in Liberia.
What we have done so far:
- Give Education Care Packages (IPads, school supplies, bookbag, books) to students in Dayton, Ohio & Liberia, Africa
- Donated 1,700 books to school (Liberia)
- Built bookshelves for school library (Liberia)
- Hosted back-to-school event for youth (Liberia)
- COVID-19: Distribute rice, hot meals, sanitizer, and facemasks to communities (Liberia)
- Installed cover & pump handle on a water well (Liberia)
- Promote COVID-19 vaccination (Liberia)
- Promote Anti-Drug Abuse Awareness (Liberia)
- Sponsor Soccer Tournament (Liberia)
- Purchased two acres of land in Liberia (where “future” public library will be built)
* MAJOR MISSION – Build the "first" 21st century technology-focused library in Liberia (Bentol, City - Monrovia)
Other ways to help:
- Donate on website: www.libraryforafrica.org
- Mail Donation: Library for Africa, P.O. Box 208, Englewood, Ohio 45322
- Cash App: $Library for Africa
Facebook: Library for Africa
What started with one box of old books on a classroom floor... a student who wanted to send books to a struggling school in Liberia, Africa... and a teacher who asked, "How can I help?" evolved into an important humanitarian gesture.