Sir Emeka Offor Foundation donates 48,000 books to Liberia
MONROVIA, December 6, 2013 - The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, a non-governmental, philanthropic organization focused on youth employment, families, education, healthcare and infrastructure development, today donated 48,000 books through Books for Africa, to 150 schools in all the 15 counties in Liberia. Books For Africa is a nonprofit organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, founded by Mr Tom Warth. It is the world's largest provider of educational books to Africa.
Facilitated and coordinated by NGO Visions in Action (VIA), the text and library books were officially handed over to Assistant Minister Lawrence Toknubah, Ministry of Education, Government of Liberia in the presence of the Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia, Her Excellency Chigozie F. Obi-Nnadozie. The launch event was conducted at the William VS Tubman High School, Monrovia on 6 December 2013 and was attended by county education officials, NGO partners, UNICEF and the media.
UNICEF, UNHCR and UNMIL and NGO partners – Danish Refugee Council (DRC), International Rescue Committee (IRC), IBIS, Save the Children and Right to Play will support the education ministry to distribute the books in all the 15 counties.
The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation is proud to support and work in partnership with Books For Africa. The Foundation has made tremendous efforts in sending books to schools and libraries in Africa. In 2012, the support of the Foundation helped to fill the shelves of more than 90 libraries. Together, nearly 640,000 books — worth more than $6.5 millionUSD — have been shipped to students in Nigeria and The Gambia by Books For Africa through the support of the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation.
Books for Africa collects, sorts, ships, and distributes high-quality books to children in Africa. Books donated by publishers, schools, libraries, individuals and organizations are sorted and packed by volunteers who carefully choose books that are age and subject appropriate. In the last 20 years, BFA has shipped more than 20 million books to 42 African countries.
About the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation
The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation is a philanthropic organization based in Oraifite, Anambra State, Nigeria. The Foundation seeks to alleviate the suffering of the less privileged through philanthropy, and focuses primarily on giving support and hope to those in need irrespective of tribe, creed, religion and nation. To date, the foundation has committed more than ?750 million ($4.7 million USD) to charitable projects. For more information, visit http://sireofforfoundation.org or like us at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Sir-Emeka-Offor-Foundation/186302151410678.