IWU Faculty Donate Textbooks to Africa
Njeri Mbugua, assistant professor of sociology (left), and Gita Bazarauskaite '09
prepare cartons of used textbooks for shipment to Africa.
April 26, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Boxes of books donated by Illinois Wesleyan University faculty
members were shipped to Africa the week of April 24 through the "Books for Africa"
"Books for Africa," the largest shipper of donated textbooks to the African continent,
has sent approximately 13 million primary, secondary, post-secondary and community
library books to 26 countries since 1988.
Njeri Mbugua, assistant professor of sociology at IWU, organized the project. In
March of this year, Mbugua, who wanted to do something useful with the textbooks she
no longer needs, found the program online and asked other IWU faculty to donate any
recent textbooks to the drive.
"It is such a great thing," said Mbugua. "In the United States, books are inexpensive
and easy to purchase, however, in Africa, books are invaluable, especially new books.
Many universities have very limited and outdated textbooks. The books that we are
sending are recent and in excellent condition. I know they will be put to good use."
For additional information, contact Meg Dubuque at the Office of Communications at
(309) 556-3181, or email Mbugua at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information on "Books for Africa," visit www.booksforafrica.com.
Contact: Meg Dubuque, (309) 556-3181