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Books for Africa: Little Libraries

Books for Africa: Little Libraries


Project Zawadi is thrilled to announce that it is the recipient of one container (approximately 22,000 books) to be shipped to Tanzania free of charge by Books for Africa! The free shipment is valued at $10,000!

This incredible opportunity was facilitated by Project Zawadi Board Members Ron Aminzade and Ian Keith. Ron and Ian worked with Books for Africa to identify books that would be of the greatest benefit for our community in rural Tanzania. Project Zawadi was even given the opportunity to pack a palette (about 1,000 books) of hand-selected books from the Saint Paul, MN Books for Africa warehouse that will be utilized in ongoing teacher training initiatives spearheaded by Ian.

So what to do with 22,000 books? Let’s make some Little Libraries!

Project Zawadi, in partnership with Zinduka, has decided to build Little Libraries at 15 partner schools. Here is where we need your support.


  • $3,000  – Shipment of Container from Dar es Salaam to Nyamuswa Village
  • $6,000 – Shelving and space prep at each site
  • $9,000 – TOTAL BUDGET ($600 per Little Library)
Little Library Naming Opportunities:

A donation of $600 will offer naming rights to one of the fifteen Little Libraries to be established in our core community schools (Nyamuswa Village and surrounding villages in the Chamriho Division).

A naming donation of $600 can be done individually or as what we would like to call a “Book Club Donation” where a small group of individual donors collect at least $600 in donations/pledges to name one Little Library in honor of the Book Club group.

Of course, donations of any amount are welcome to support this endeavor…putting books in the hands of students and teachers in our core community.

DONATE or PLEDGE by Friday, April 22
and celebrate UN World Book Day (April 23)

Donate Online Now

Donate online individually to name one (1) Little Library or make a general donate to the project (please note : “LITTLE LIBRARIES” in the designation field)

Alternate methods of giving or pledging your gift:
To Pledge a gift by April 22, 2016 you can email or submit the paper donation / pledge form. Pledged gifts must be fulfilled by June 30, 2016.
Donations by check can be made out to “Project Zawadi” and mailed to 253 Duke Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102.
Click here for paper donation / pledge form.
Thank you to the following donors who have given to name one of our Little Library sites:
Michelle and Dean Ahrenholtz & family
Ron Aminzade
Mary Baker, Shanny Dow, Dorothy Dow
Michelle Fabian
Pat and John Guyette
Robin Huselius
Lumarda Family
Clayton and Jan Kooiker
Irene and John McMorrow
Linda Miller
Malcolm and Mary Morris
Jennifer Peltzer
Gary and Diane Rumsey
Marion Wanless
Katherine Webster and Family