The last time I saw Robert, he said he wanted to work in Africa for the Peace Corps after graduation. His friend is there now, in Namibia, teaching math and science to middle- and high-school kids. Robert didn't go to Africa, but his books did.
You too can send BOOKS FOR AFRICA. Try it! Give directly to help boys and girls in Namibia get an education. There's no 3rd party charitable agency overhead. Send books or materials such as crayons, compasses, rulers, pencils and pens to:
I have more [children's] books than I know what to do with. Recently, looking through some of the books at home, I found Robert and Alex's Landon School text books, by Glencoe, "Science Interactions" for the years: Course 2, 3, and 4. They had Robert and Alex's signatures inside the cover along with some of their teenage doodling. That was the start of my pile of "BOOKS FOR AFRICA".
What else got squeezed in the boxes along with the Glencoe Science books?
Twenty pounds is the maximum weight, using a standard USPS flat rate box, to ship to Namibia. The cost of mailing a box at the USPS flat rate to Namibia is $60.95, totaling of $121.90 to send the two boxes.
Most of the books that I sent were hard cover books. If you send more paperbacks, those might weigh less and you might use the other larger size USPS flat rate box, which is 23-11/16" x 11-3/4" x 3".
Is $122 a lot of money? Well, yes it is, thank you. But let's compare the value:
I wish to mention that Isabella Mia Lee, the winner of the 2012 SPIRIT Scholarship, won the scholarship based on her story about providing used books to economically disadvantaged children in our local area. I thank Mia, because her infectious initiative was also an inspiration for BOOKS FOR AFRICA.
- Sandy Giger, January 14, 2013
Update - April 2, 2013 - from Sachi, "... the learners here are thrilled to have new books, and they are reading those books every day in my classroom! It is really great to see them poring over books and absorbing and learning new information whether they want to or not =) ... We have a few voracious readers here, who are very happy to see some new titles!"