African Library Project’s New
Partnerships: South Africa!
& U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers
Piloting April, 2014
• 53 million people
• 24th largest
country in the
• Economy is
largest in Africa
• poverty and
• 1/14 of the
living on less than
• 1.2 million
Where We Will
• Breadline Africa
is in all 9
• U.S. Peace
Corps is in
Breadline Africa found us via a Twitter post and
contacted us regarding partnership. US Peace Corps
Volunteer Eva Cappuccilli found us online.
South Africa has gorgeous natural scenery
including the famous baobab trees…
… a huge diversity of cultures and at a fascinating place
politically at the birth of a new nation…
… many world class game parks, marine
protected areas, botanical gardens and world
Large cities offer world class buildings, roads, airlines,
hospitals, libraries and schools. Cities also have slums
where people live in cardboard homes without
plumbing or electricity…
Many schools still do not have sufficient classrooms for
all the students to study inside.
Millions of students are learning from teachers teaching
from memory because they do not have access to
• Breadline Africa: Our Partner
• Established in 1993
• Specializes in turning sea containers into useful
buildings (community kitchens, day care centers,
classrooms for voc. skills, sports clubs, health
clinics and toilet blocks)
• Over 175 conversions.
• Partners with Nelson Mandela Centre of
Memory, Soul Buddyz Clubs, Room to Read
• SA corporations fund the conversions.
• Completed 40th library this month, est. 2010
• Breadline Africa UK fundraises for them
Breadline Africa Executive Director Tim Smith, Mandela Libraries Coordinator Jade
Orgill, Breadline Africa staff members
Here is a preschool container conversion by Breadline
Here is a two-story double decker preschool.
Breadline Africa’s containers library designs feature
bold and colorful exteriors.
Breadline installs windows, doors and
sheetrock, electricity and lights, carpeting and
39th Breadline Africa Library
2014 is Pilot Year in the African Library
Project/Breadline Africa Partnership:
• Goal of 30 libraries
• 22 improved libraries with Breadline Africa
• 8-10 libraries with Peace Corps
• Peace Corps Volunteers’ libraries will provide US book drive organizers
Isn’t it exciting?
Join us on our South African Adventure!
Start a library with 1,000 books and $500.
Sign up to be a book drive organizer here