Sir Emeka Offor Foundation Supports Africa Book Walk
February 23, 2012 - The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF), a non-governmental, philanthropic organization focused on youth employment, families, education, healthcare and infrastructure development, today congratulated Books for Africa (BFA) Founder Tim Warth on his successful Africa Book Walk initiative. Warth led a group from BFA and Hand In Health (HIH) to The Gambia to meet with elected officials along with prominent business and university members about ways to help end the book famine and support the United Nations Development Goals of educating women and children.
“We came up with the idea of trying to end the book famine in the Gambia," said Warth in an interview on WCCO. "The Gambia only has a million and a half people and maybe 75 thousand children, so we thought that a campaign to send 1 million books would be dramatic.”
The video below shows the success of the event, including the distribution books with partner groups while walking across the Trans-Gambian highway and Banjul city. The video was shot entirely on iPhone 4s and the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation was among the sponsors and donors who made the video possible.
The African Book Walk included two walks -- first through the capital of The Gambia accompanied by children from many local schools. This was followed by a walk across the Trans-Gambia highway, from the Senegal border on the south to the Senegal border on the north, to raise awareness about the book famine and distribute 22,000 books to Universities, local schools, and co-ops.
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.