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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

-Dr. Seuss

At TradeInAfrica.org, we believe that education is the great equalizer in the world, and books are at the foundation of a strong educational system. For many children in Africa, the gift of books truly is a gift of hope.

Access to an education is one of the only opportunities young people have to end the cycle of poverty and attain a better quality of life than previous generations. TradeInAfrica.org works to help children who otherwise would not attend school by supplying educational materials to reduce or eliminate education costs.

Most African children who attend school have never owned a book of their own. In many classrooms, 10-20 students share one textbook. Many people in the western world take these educational necessities for granted, but children in Africa cherish books.

TradeInAfrica.org look to supply abundant books to rural school libraries, orphanages, adult literacy programs, and community resource centres. TradeInAfrica.org strives to help create a culture of literacy and provide the tools of empowerment to the next generation of parents, teachers, and leaders in Africa.

Every day, TradeInAfrica.org receive letters and e-mails from people in Africa in great need of books. Your donation will help buy or fund shipments of books to children like these:

Letter from the director of a nonprofit organization in Sierra Leone dedicated to teacher training:

“We want to establish community education centers that will provide print resources. It is my cherished belief that your organization aims at transforming education in Africa through book donation. It is with this optimism I submit this letter of inquiry for some assistance.”

 

Letter from a Peace Corps Volunteer serving at an elementary hostel school in a tiny rural village in Namibia:

“Though there are no chairs or tables in our library, and only a ragged carpet on a cement floor, the children line up outside, waiting anxiously for me to open every afternoon, excited to look through and read, yet again, the same book they read yesterday.

“The children spend long afternoons flipping mesmerized through picture books, tracing words with their fingers, asking for definitions or explanations. The library has become a place that not only creates a love of reading, but offers and inspires an interest in English, the national language of this still newly independent nation, and an awareness of a world outside the hostel walls.

“It is therefore on behalf of all the children at the school that I request a donation of books for our library.”

There are at least 370 million children living in Africa today. Without your help, many will never have access to books. Without your help, another generation of African children will grow up without books. Please help TradeInAfrica.org give the priceless gift of learning to children in Africa.

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Along with benefits to individual farmers, solar pumps also help address the continent’s overall lack of irrigation. Indeed, only 5 percent of arable land in Africa is currently irrigated, compared to 40 percent of Asia. Tapping into Africa’s groundwater using solar pumps would provide the reliable access to water necessary to feed the continent’s growing population.

Winrock’s Pandey sees a parallel with India’s successful efforts to expand irrigation. “India tripled food production since independence [in 1947] with only 5 percent more land in production,” he said. “It came overwhelmingly from increased irrigation from individual pumps, where the agency for irrigation was with the individual farmer and not the government. Nobody expects African governments to provide irrigation.”

Research conducted for Juhudi Kilimo showed the profound impact a person’s income level has on their decision-making. “The lower your income levels are, the more short-term oriented you are because you have more pressing problems. You have children to feed, you don’t know where your next meal is coming from, you are worried about school fees,” said Elvin Walela, a senior partnership officer at Juhudi Kilimo.

TradeInAfrika.org is looking to partner with companies like Kilimo who is embarking on a new effort to drive interest in pumps. The company is optimistic because it is now offering a cheaper version that can pump water over longer distances. Juhudi Kilimo is also making the pump available as part of a larger suite of products aimed at helping farmers manage their overall water needs. It’s an approach the company is calling "smart water solutions," and it includes the pump, water tanks, irrigation kits and other technologies.

TradeInAfrika.org believes that dynamics may begin to change through increase support  through donations and volunteering, especially by the local communities and Africans ( both near and afar). Because, Farming is the only way Africa can come out of poverty and sustain itself.
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