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We were first conceived in 2004, after our founders Steve and Paulie Kutschat, returned from a trip to Tanzania. They had seen, first-hand, the intense desire …

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Bookfriends International was founded on the belief that every child deserves a chance to learn and to develop his or her individual abilities.

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We Build Foundations for Change

to children and teachers in Africa

Bookfriends International, NFP provides comprehensive, essential foundational materials to create effective teaching and learning environments in East African high schools. Classrooms become welcoming centers where teachers and students can thrive as they learn how to envision a better tomorrow.

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Where there have been almost no books of any kind, Bookfriends transforms high schools by placing a wide variety of text books into classrooms. Books in the following subjects are provided: English grammar, science, math, health, world history and geography.

Bookfriends also delivers more than one thousand well-chosen books to each school for a new library. The library books fill a big role in supplementing classroom learning. The novels and biographies offer accounts and stories about the goodness and realities of our bigger world to hundreds of eager students in each school. Learning from these books is truly motivational and transformative. These students have a chance to develop goals and skills for a self-sustaining future.

In addition to books, Bookfriends delivers a variety of classroom supplies. This includes pens, pencils, notebook paper and manual pencil sharpeners.

Bookfriends works diligently to provide the ingredients which create encouraging learning environments in African high schools. Education can break the cycle of generations caught in poverty and dependence. Africa can become a great partner in a better world on a foundation built with better education.

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Bookfriends International NFP: Providing Opportunity, Education and Brighter Futures

Bookfriends International is a not-for-profit, non-denominational organization whose sole purpose is to provide opportunity, education and more promising futures for secondary school age children throughout Africa.

We believe education is key to developing young minds. Our goal is to provide textbooks and library books to local villages to fill eager students’ hands and empty library shelves.

Donated books come from middle schools, high schools, libraries, individuals, book drives and book publishing companies.  By passing on these new and used books, we can promote global learning.

Time and time again, we have seen the positive effects these books have had on the children in numerous East African villages. Books that are often discarded or sold for pennies on the dollar here in the states, become treasures in the hands of those seeking knowledge and new skills in Third World countries.

Education provides real change and empowerment.