Ms Alexandra Kieffer

Honorary Trustee

Alex recently completed her Joint master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK) and University of Marburg (Germany). After she completed her internship at the Books2Africa Processing Centre in Canterbury, she continued volunteering with the charity. After completing her studies, Alex secured a job as a Junior Consultant for Public Affairs in the area of government relations. Additionally, she attended an international mediation competition in Paris and conducts mediation training, while also working as a project manager in a mediation organisation.

She joined Books2Africa as a Logistics intern, getting to work and acquire experience in different operational aspects at the charity’s UK Processing Centre, supporting fundraising activities at the charity shop and promoting Books2Africa at different events such as the London Book Fair, the Frankfurt Book Fair and Africa Writes.

Alex is passionate about intercultural relations, addressing root causes of conflict, organising and managing projects and interacting with people.

Basketball is and always has been a passion for Alex as well, and she enjoys exploring different countries and cultures.

Master of Arts, Peace and Conflict Studies (Joint International program), University of Kent, School of International Relations and Political Science, Canterbury, UK and Philipps University, Marburg, Germany
September 2017 — October 2019
Masters Thesis: Transitional Justice within Mediation

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Economics, Department of …, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
October 2014 – July 2017

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Ethnology, Department of …., Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
October 2013 – July 2014

Academic Skills
Writing
Reading
Editing

IT Skills

MS Office applications
Word
Excel
Power Point
STATA
SoSci Survey

Other Skills

Mediation & Negotiation
Project Management
Public Affairs

Language Skills

German
English
French (Basic Knowledge)

Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates

A quick update about what Books2Africa is doing in response to these uncertain times caused by the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and supporters. Key to this is following government recommendations closely. Thankfully no suspected cases of COVID-19 have been reported amongst our staff and volunteers. Our Processing Centre in Canterbury is still operational and well stocked with the enough books and resources to ship to Africa.

Please read our updates below on steps taken to minimise the risk to staff, volunteers and supporters.

  • Public Book Collections Suspended: Effective today, we are suspending our collection service for book donations by members of the public in the UK. Although this will affect our book donation numbers, it would reduce the workload on our paid staff who continue to work during this difficult period to ensure the charity remains operational. This will be reviewed at the end of Easter on 14th April 2020.

  • Warehouse Volunteering Suspended: Effective today, we are suspending all volunteering work at the Processing Centre in Canterbury. This means all our UK and International Volunteers are no longer allowed to come into the Canterbury site. Although this will affect our processing and sorting capacity, it makes it easier for us to enforce government advise on social distancing and minimise the risk to paid staff who continue to work normal hours, ensuring our charity shop remains operational and shipments to Africa are dispatched. This will be reviewed at the end of Easter on 14th April 2020.

  • Online Volunteering: During this suspension of warehouse volunteering, we will be assigning all our volunteers to our Education Team to work on a variety of fundraising tasks online. To this end, all our International Volunteers are required to attend an online Skype meeting with our Director of Education on Wednesday 25th March at 9:30 am. UK volunteers who would like to join in can also email [email protected] to indicate their interest in order to receive further instructions on joining the meeting.

 

 
Finally a word of encouragement – Do not be afraid, stay safe and continue to have faith that this will soon pass. 
  • The strictest hygiene standards are being followed at our Processing Centre, with hand sanitisers, disinfectant sprays, plastic gloves and posters reminding staff, volunteers and supporters to wash their hands regularly and wipe their work surfaces.

 

  • No contact deliveries: Couriers delivering boxes to the Processing Centre will no longer require you to sign by hand on delivery. Rather, they are advised to enter your initials.

 

  • Drop-offs and tours suspended: From next week, drop-off appointments by members of the public will be suspended until further notice. Until then, staff and volunteers are advised to receive deliveries without contact and avoid giving members of the public tours of the Processing Centre.

 

We appreciate your understanding as the situation evolves and reassure you that we will take necessary steps to ensure your safety whilst trying to also fulfil our charitable objectives. If you need any support or advice, you can send us an email [email protected]

Thank you for your continued support and do subscribe to our coronavirus updates if you want to be remain updated.
Books2Africa UK Team

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

Volume
  • 20,000 books fit in 1 x 20ft container
  • 1,000,000 books fit in 50 x 20ft containers
  • 4 x 20ft containers shipped monthly
Costs
  • £5,000 to process, ship and clear each container of 20,000 books
  • £20,000 delivers 4 containers monthly
Fundraising Target
  • 2,000 individuals giving £10 or more monthly, or 50 corporate partners sponsoring 1 container per year. Thank you.

30%

Processing in the UK

30%

Freight from the UK

40%

Clearing and haulage in Africa

Books2Africa is a UK registered charity number 1152599