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Update: Textbooks for Africa
Katie Bahr | Catholic Herald
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Students at St. Theresa School in Liberia deliver books donated by Textbooks Africa.

Last summer, I wrote an article about Wede Gibson, a parishioner of St. Timothy Church in Chantilly who was collecting used textbooks and educational equipment to send to her alma mater, St. Theresa’s Convent School in Monrovia, Liberia. By the time I visited Gibson at her house in June, she had been collecting books — many from local schools — for about two months and her home was lined with box after box of donations for the school.

Since that interview, Gibson has kept her project going. In January, she shipped more than 600 boxes of textbooks and library books to St. Theresa’s, in addition to projectors with screens, educational DVDs, games, 24 computers and one bag of teddy bears. For photos of the school and the children the project has helped, see above.

But that’s not the end. What started as a whim last May is now Textbooks Africa, a full-fledged 501 (c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to shipping textbooks, library books and supplies to schoolchildren and teachers in Africa.

This year, the organization will turn its attention to Zimbabwe, a landlocked country in Southern Africa that has experienced economic turmoil since 2000. According to the organization’s website, Textbook Africa’s goal is to raise at least $12,000 to send a 20-foot sea container with textbooks, library books, computers and school supplies to several schools in the country.

For more information or to find out how you can help, go to textbooksafrica.org.

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