THanks to LIBRARYTHING
Thanks to advice from Tim Spalding at LibraryThing (LT), we scan most of the books we send to Ghana into the LT database. We then create a separate catalog for each school.
By cataloging the books we send, we can keep track of the types of books we've sent to a specific school and assess their reading needs for future shipments. In that way, we can strategically add to their collection and not just send books blindly, as many book charities do. Thanks also to Library Thing and its members for their donations. We appreciate the support.
SOME BOOKS MATTER MORE THAN OTHERS AND OUR team knows that the BOOKS we donate will EFFECTIVELY SUPPORT LITERACY IN GHANA.
Three of our team members are from Ghana and have over fifty years of experience in the Ghana education system
One of our team members has twenty years of experience teaching reading and ESL in Canadian schools (though English is the "official" language in Ghana, it is the second language for most Ghanaian children)
We donate literature and non-fiction books that are suitable for preschoolers to teens. We sort through every single book that we receive before packing them -- we don't just toss them into a shipping container. In fact, we scan most of the books into a database created for each particular school (see our LibraryThing connection).
Unlike some charity organizations where books can sit in a warehouse for more than a year, our books are in the students' hands within three months of leaving Toronto. You can be sure that when you make a donation, students in Ghana are reading quality books in no time.
The shipping costs from Toronto all the way to the school's doorstep in Ghana are approximately $200 (Cdn) per barrel of books (roughly 400 books, depending on the size of the book). The benefits, of course, are priceless.
Books: The Journey From Toronto to Ghana!