Educating people, saving the planet

Books2Africa’s mission is to promote a culture of ‘readcycling’ and improve the quality of education in Africa, through the collection, processing, shipping and distribution of quality books, computers and educational materials that equip individuals, institutions, and communities to acquire knowledge and achieve their full potential in a globalised world.

Why 'readcycling' is better than recycling

At Books2Africa, our ‘readcycling’ model is designed to extend the life of educational materials by preventing perfectly usable materials such as book and computers from going to recycling/landfill sites in the UK.

Our model complements the UK government’s waste strategy of reducing how much waste ends up in recycling/landfill sites, as well as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 4 (Quality Education) and 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).

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Impact tracking in real-time

Thanks to our proprietary software called Books2Africa Curiosity, we provide every book donor access to a personal Impact Dashboard where they can view a detailed record of all their donated books including their status and location, the beneficiaries of each book and any impact photos uploaded by the recipient of the book.

We also collect and share Impact Photos, Videos, Stories and Reports with our supporters on our website, social media platforms and Impact Newsletter

Impact Report

Masicorp, South Africa

The books we received have greatly increased the number of books we’re able to lend to children at the school. The staff also have access to borrowing books to use in their classrooms.

Impact Report

Hooke Court in Malawi

Our charity decided to fill a container with educational resources to send to the 22 primary schools we support in Northern Malawi. These schools are poorly resourced; the children are taught in English yet some have no reading materials at all. The books will greatly enhance the teaching in these

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Project Adesso, Nigeria

The books enabled us to establish readers clubs in the schools and also set up clubs to foster a reading culture. With the creation of clubs and groups, students are now actively engaged in reading and have improved their performance.

Sponsor Our Work

Our strategic objective is to readcycle and distribute 1 million books and 1 thousand computers every year.

Through our 80/20 fundraising model, our overhead costs are funded from the sale of 20% of donated books and resources via our online Charity Shop. This means that every penny you donate goes directly towards the cost of shipping and delivering the remaining 80% of donated books and resources to individuals, institutions and communities across Africa.

Become a monthly sponsor with a monthly donation of £10. Together with 2,000 other monthly sponsors, your donation goes to our 1 Million Book Fund which helps fund the shipping cost of 1,000,000 books and 1,000 computers every year. Monthly sponsors get free collections of donated items from their addresses and are signed up to our Impact Newsletter.

Become a container sponsor by funding a forty feet container shipment of 40,000 books per year with an £8,000 donation. An additional £2,000 donation will enable us clear and deliver the container to beneficiaries of your choice. Container sponsors also get featured on our Sponsors Wall below and enjoy other PR benefits including a press release, social media posts and more.

Sponsors Wall

We are grateful for the individuals and organisations who sponsor container shipments of books and computers to help us achieve our mission.

books readcycled
and shipped to Africa

computers refurbished
and shipped to Africa

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Shipping and delivering 1 million books every year
involves the following:

Volume
Costs
Fundraising Target

30%

Processing in the UK

30%

Freight from the UK

40%

Clearing and haulage in Africa

Books2Africa is a UK registered charity number 1152599