Books for Africa is a non-profit organization based in St. Paul MN. Their mission, “To end the book famine in Africa,” inspires schools, libraries, churches and publishers to donate books toward that mission. Active in over 49 countries, Books for Africa (BFA) supplements local literacy initiatives with a concrete and always welcome resource.
On May 7th, 2014 Community Involvement Programs was awarded the Warehouse Volunteer Award for their excellent volunteerism by a non-profit here in the Twin Cities. This was BFA’s first award of its kind and Misha was the representative for Community Involvement Programs, at the Kilimanjaro Society Breakfast. While there, he was able to meet other award recipients, board members, and sponsors who share in his passion of helping others less fortunate. Misha was selected to accept the award on behalf of by one of Community Involvement Programs’ Coordinators, Joe, since he has volunteered with the group from the beginning. Misha accepted the award from Her Excellency Liberata Mulamula, Ambassador of the Republic of Tanzania to the United States.
Volunteers organized by employees of Community Involvement Programs began working at Books for Africa in the fall of 2010. And although things got off to a slow start, the group soon settled into a very comfortable schedule. For years, volunteers have sorted through donated books eventually destined for schools and libraries in Ethiopia or Nigeria. One of the most rewarding aspects of the work for the volunteers is when filled boxes are immediately loaded onto trucks for shipping. The volunteers say they feel like their hearts and souls are travelling with these books to their final destinations. And the mission of Books for Africa, to create a more equitable community of learners around the world, becomes their mission, too.