Bela's African Library Project

Hi! My name is Bela and I am freshman partnering with The African Library Project to build a library in Kenya.  I first got involved with The African Library Project when I learned there are children in Africa who have never seen a book in their lives, let alone held one.

This will be my fourth library following others in Malawi, Ghana and  Uganda. For each drive, I collect 1000 books and about $650, for the shipping fees and construction of the library.  I have had success collecting books by working with my school, local libraries, and friends. To raise the money I have used birthday money, set up bake sales, and received donations from neighbors, but it has been a challenge to raise enough funds to do all of the drives I would like. Thank you so much for contributing to this cause that means so much to me!

More information about African Library Project: The African Library Project changes lives book by book by starting libraries in rural Africa. Our grassroots approach mobilizes U.S. volunteers, young and old, to organize book drives and ship books to a partner library in Africa. Our method makes a concrete and personal difference for children on both continents.


Bela Gowda
Rancho Santa Fe, CA

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