Efiwe is a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization based in the United States with the aim of continuing to enrich the educational experiences of Africans in higher institutions back on the continent.
We believe that access to more and better books/textbooks will significantly impact on the human capital in Africa and therefore lead to a more educated populace and a better Africa.
We will run a very open and transparent system of book collections, donations and transport to Africa and to deserving institutions. Please feel free to ask us questions about our process and handling of resources (financial, educational etc.).
To contribute our quota to the development of Africa by engineering student’s access to quality educational materials, books, journals, and tools. This will help in the delivery of the human capital development that is required for the long awaited development of Africa.
o send over 1,000,000 textbooks to African tertiary Institution libraries from the US. by 2030.
The Story/How This Started
This project began from an idea conceived by Philip Àlàbí, a graduate student of Chemistry at Southern Illinois Univerisity Edwardsville (from May 2016-March 2017) who was also the first to run a book drive to deliver over 1000 books from SIUE to his alma mater, – Tai Solarin University of Education, Nigeria. The idea, according to him, started when he noticed how many books are thrown away every year by American universities. He decided to collect them, raise some funds, and send them to his home school.
Through the success of the book drive, funded by private donations from friends, family, colleagues, professors, and acquaintances (he raised $1288 through an online crowdfunding drive), he was motivated to continue to do this on a grand scale in order to benefit more under-served institutions in Nigeria and around the continent.
The core focus of this organization is to collect and ship university textbooks to African University libraries. This will help alleviate the lack of sufficient materials in many of these under-served universities and expose the students to hundreds of current and relevant texts. We are able to achieve this by collaborating with American universities, book donors, student volunteers, private donors, and African universities.
The initial drive will send books to Nigeria, west Africa and then the African continent.
Find the team members here.
Photos from the first book drive
For Further Reading
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