EGSC Students, Faculty and Staff Collect Books for BFA Project
East Georgia State College’s Professor of Geology, Dr. Glenn Stracher, presented an academic paper in 2004 in Johannesburg, South Africa at the mine-fire conference. There he became aware on the need for books for students. Later, Dr. Stracher was introduced to the Books for Africa (BFA) project and introduced it to EGSC. After the African-American Union adopted the project and laid the ground work among the students, it was later adopted by African-American Male Initiative (AAMI) under the direction of Deborah Kittrell-Mikell.
Books For Africa, a simple name for an organization with a simple mission. BFA collects, sorts, ships, and distributes books to students of all ages in Africa. The goal: to end the book famine in Africa.
Books For Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 31 million books to 49 different countries since 1988. Over the past 12 months, BFA have shipped 2.6 million books, valued at $35 million to 27 African countries, with an additional 223 computers and 11 brand new law and human rights libraries.
It costs about $10,300 to send a 40-foot sea container of books, computers, and school supplies to most major African sea ports. To learn more about groups currently fundraising to ship books to specific African countries, view < www.booksforafrica.org>.
Presently both the Statesboro and Swainsboro campuses of East Georgia State College are supporting Books For Africa. Dr. Stracher and his wife, Janet, have made book deliveries to Atlanta for shipment. Mr. Antre' Drummer (Director of AAMI Statesboro campus) delivered 10 boxes on November 15, 2014 and Ms. Deborah Kittrell-Mikell (Director of AAMI Swainsboro campus) delivered 10 more boxes to the Atlanta Warehouse on November 22, 2014.