Alternative Spring Break 2012 - Atlanta
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Books for Africa
                          
Freshman Jaisa Gooden receives a book from another Howard student as they help box books for the Books for Africa program. Books for Africa is the world’s largest shipper of donated books to the African continent. Since 1988, the organization has shipped over 26 million books to children and adults in 46 African countries. Howard students have helped that effort for the past three years. It costs $10,300 to ship a sea container of books and computers to Africa, but it only costs 50 cents to send a book to a child in Africa. Howard students are part of a global effort by Books for Africa to get more books to children in Africa. Additionally, there are projects in various African nations, including the Sudan, Ethiopia, Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Madagascar. 6 – ASB Atlanta site coordinator Jasmine Tucker laughs as she stumbles around inside one of the donation boxes at the Books for Africa as students sort and pack boxes for shipping. Recently, the United States Embassy, in collaboration with Sierra Leone Book Trust, donated about 5,000 books to the Peace Corps to be distributed in Sierra Leone. Junior broadcast journalism and political science major Raina Baker looks through the pages of one of the thousands of books being boxed for the Books for Africa program. Howard Alternative Spring Break (ASB) students helped package the books so they could be shipped to adults and children in Africa. Lincoln Brown, left, the ASB Atlanta site advisor and student advisor in the School of Journalism, and the director of the Books for Africa warehouse, celebrate another successful week of collaboration between Howard University and his organization.
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