How You Can Donate?
The greatest challenge to send books to Africa is the cost of shipping. On average, it costs between $8,000 and $10,000 per 40 foot container to send books to the final recipient. These costs cover sea freight to a major seaport in Africa, customs clearance fees and inland shipping to the final destination. The International BookSmart Foundation sources all of the donated books for shipment. We do not buy our books. Our recipient organizations in Africa tend to be schools and libraries in very rural and impoverished areas. As such, they do not have the resources to pay for the shipment. We rely on the donations of our supporters to make the dream of an education a reality for these children.
We gladly accept donations in-kind. Our warehouse utilizes a variety of supplies to ensure the shipments get out on time. We welcome a donation of any of the materials used to package, and ship the books. Some of the materials our warehouse utilizes are: new cardboard boxes, shipping pallets, shrink wrap, box tape, strapping wire, wire clamps and propane gas for the forklift. Your donation defrays these costs and enables International BookSmart Foundation to ship as many books as possible to the children of Africa, who are eager to learn.
If you cannot donate money to the cause, we will gladly accept a donation of your time. Our warehouse is constantly getting new books in from our suppliers. Support in the sorting and repacking of books is greatly appreciated.
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