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Press Releases 2011

U.S. Embassy Donates 10,823 Books to 24 Ethiopian Universities and Schools

Addis Ababa, March 24, 2011:   U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Donald E. Booth today presented 10,823 reference and other books to 24 Ethiopian universities, preparatory and primary schools in a handover ceremony at the U.S. Embassy.  The books were donated by the U.S. charitable organization, Books for Africa.

Since 1988, Books for Africa has shipped over 22 million text and library books to adults, students and children in 45 African countries.  Books for Africa, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, receives donations of books from U.S. publishers, schools, libraries, individuals, and organizations.  Volunteers pack and sort the books according to subject matter and age appropriateness.  The U.S. Embassy covers the cost of shipping the books by sea container and manages the distribution of these books here in Ethiopia.  The Embassy paid approximately $13,000 to ship the books that we are currently distributing.

In his remarks to representatives of recipient institutions, Ambassador Booth noted:  "These books are truly a gift of the American people to the Ethiopian people.  I hope you and your students will find these books useful - and that you make them as accessible as possible within your institutions.  We like to see these books well-used and read!"

Ethiopian institutions selected for receiving books included:

  • Aksum University
  • Jimma University
  • Asella College of Teacher Education
  • City University College
  • Debre Markos University
  • Gondar College of Medical health
  • Jijiga University
  • Mizan Teapi University
  • Samara University
  • St. Lideta Health Science College
  • St. Paul's Hospital Nursing College
  • Wollega University
  • Bucha Raya Primary School
  • Kolfe Keranio Sub City Kebele 06 Public Library
  • Oromia Region Goro Wereda Education Office
  • Selam Children's Village
  • Wondirad Preparatory School
  • Abebech Gobena Primary School
  • Eyerusalem Primary School
  • Fregenet Kidan Lehiwot Primary School
  • Holeta (Burka Harbu) Primary School
  • Efoyeta Primary School