Hon. Jackson K. George, Jr. Honorary Consul of the Republic of Liberia in Minnesota represented Her Excellency Lois Lewis Brutus, Liberian Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Liberia at the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Books For Africa program held on September 30th in Minneapolis.
The Guest Speaker of the program was, Her Excellency Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, Ambassador of the African Union to the U.S. Other dignitaries included, His Excellency Dr. Bafuor Adjei-Barwuah, Ambassador of Ghana, His Excellency Robinson Njeru Githae, Ambassador of Kenya, His Excellency Carlos dos Santos, Ambassador of Mozambique, His Excellency Wilson Masilingi, Ambassador of Tanzania and Michele Marie-Claude Benzot, Counselor, Embassy of the Central African Republic.
Books For Africa mission is to end the book famine in Africa. The organization is the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 41 million books to all 55 countries on the African continent since 1988. In fiscal year 2018 alone, Books For Africa shipped 2.3 million books, and 123 computers and e-readers containing 283,000 digital books, to 29 African countries. More than $2.2 million was raised last year to ship these books to the students of Africa.
The 30th Anniversary of Books For Africa raised more than $200,000 on Friday night to ship books to students on the African continent.