TOTAL BOOKS SHIPPED
1,510,040

Books delivered to students and teachers in Africa

UK Registered Charity No 1152599

Our Story

Great things take time to achieve, but anything is possible if you devote your time and energy to gain knowledge, seek truth and stand up for what you believe. Your mind is your greatest weapon, expose it to the perspectives and realities of others. Learn by doing and never stop until you’ve passed on your knowledge and experiences to the next generation.

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Improving the quality of education in Africa

“New data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics show that 617 million children and adolescents worldwide are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics. Sub-Saharan Africa has the single largest number – 202 million – of children and adolescents who are not learning. Across the region, nearly nine out of ten kids between the ages of about 6 and 14 are not gaining minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics.” ¹

¹ UNESCO
Also see WORLD BANK

Reducing the quantity of
books going to landfill

Every year more than 13 million books are sent to landfill in the UK.² At least, another 26 million books (26,000 tonnes) are recycled.³

² CODEP
³ Also see WORLD OF BOOKS

Mission Statement

Our mission is to improve the quality of education in Africa through the provision of books and educational resources that enable students to acquire knowledge and achieve their full potential in a globalized world. We fulfil our mission with the generous support of donors, volunteers, sponsors and partners.

Impact Statement

Books2Africa is a UK charity that collects and sends donated books to increase the quality of education in Africa by helping individuals and communities to access, read, and understand books, and to extend the life and impact of books by decreasing book waste and increasing book 'readcycling'.

Our Model

Sustainable

Our 80/20 fundraising model means we cover our overheads by trading up to 20% of donated books and resources via our charity shop.

Cost-effective

Thanks to individual and corporate sponsors, 80% of donated books and resources are shipped to people across Africa at an average of 50p per book.

Transparent

Our Integrated Web App and Database tracks donated books from the donor to the receiver, with impact photos and reports published on our website.

Explore Our Journey

Books2Africa is a UK Registered Charity (1152599) that is committed to reducing environmental waste in the UK and improving the quality of education in Africa through the collection and distribution of books. Founded in 2012 by four African students during their time studying in the UK, the organisation now has Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

1 million books, shipped and distributed to students and teachers across Africa annually

Can you join hands with us via a commitment to donate books, funds or both on a monthly or yearly basis to enable us deliver 1 million books every year? 

Board

The board of trustees consist of founding and honorary members. The four founding directors are members of the same family, and founded the charity during their time studying as international students at universities in the UK.  The founding directors together with appointed honorary trustees ensure the charity is governed and achieving its aims and objectives while staying true to the vision of the founders. All trustees carry out extensive work for the charity and contribute to its development.

Dr Tonson Sango

Founding Trustee &
Executive Director of Operations

Dr Precious N. Sango

Founding Trustee &
Director of Education

Mr Chumang Sango

Founding Trustee &
Director of IT

Mr Gideon Sango

Founding Trustee &
Director of Marketing

Ms Arshita Nandan

Honorary Trustee

Ms Alexandra Kieffer

Honorary Trustee

Processing Team

Our enthusiastic team of change makers are at the heart of the charity’s UK processing centre, supporting key aspects of our operations. 

Charlie Welch

Logistics Supervisor

Rachel Allen

Sales Supervisor

Brenda Read

Rare Books Supervisor

Ambassadors

Amazing individuals who inspire us and use their image and influence to promote our cause to a wider audience in order to increase our impact.

Melissa Myambo

Zimbabwean author, scholar and Caine Prize nominee

Catherine Inglehearn

HM Ambassador to the Republic of Niger

Aarush Lala

Read 100 books in a year to raise money for Books2Africa

Sérgio Fernandes

Supply Chain Development Manager with over 20 years' experience in book publishing

View our Financial Statements

You'll be taken to our page on the Charity Commission's website

Special thanks to the following amazing organisations
1mbc

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