Community Engagement for sustainable learning

Founded in 2003, Books for Zambia supports the Helen Kaunda Memorial Library in Luanshya, Zambia to facilitate a safe and free learning environment for local students.

Our Goals

At Books For Zambia we believe that shifting mindsets of Luanshya's grassroots from 'third world' mentality to strategic involvement in their learning will help smooth their path to successful adulthood and general prosperity for the town. For example, the library has no private reading nooks because staff fear the 'disappearance' of books from shelves. Clearly, there's a great need to educate youth on the effects of vandalism and pilferage of public property.
Therefore our goals are :
a. To evoke the volunteer spirit in Luanshya and have students and the community at large participate in and have a stake in their education through book distribution to local schools in an initiative called, ‘Classroom Library,’ where students can manage their own in-house libraries in circulation with the library.
b. To include the local prison in book circulation and learning
c. To develop an after school program for high school girls in collaboration with the local government.
d. Expand book distribution to local schools in an initiative called, ‘Classroom Library,’ where students can manage and maintain their own in-house libraries.
Meet our team

Theresa Lungu

Founder & Administrator

Charles Mukuka

Development Consultant
Mutukanji Mwape
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Vivian Mbewe Mukuka

Learning Consultant

Our Partners and Friends

Books for Zambia thanks the following individuals and organizations for their partnership and support through the years.
Luanshya Municipal Council
Luanshya Post Office
Cathedral High School – Boston, MA
Wayne Elementary School – Wayne, ME
St. Lawrence Catholic Church – Chestnut Hill, MA
Books for Africa – St. Paul, MN
Patricia Walker – New York
Dennis Lungu - Tanzania
Judy Charles - USA
Jayesh Shah - Canada
Sharon Beaudet – Las Vegas
Ardina Seward – ABC News, NY
Dr. John Inglis – ColdSpring Harbor Lab, NY
Dr. Mannasseh Phiri - Zambia
John Donegan - USA
Marcy Cipriano – New Jersey
Patrick Erlandson - California
Anne Fontana – Long Island, NY
Erin O'brien – Brooklyn, NY
Sandy Carlson - USA
Terri and friends - USA
Paulette Cooper – New York, NY
Karen Barczak – Long Island, NY
Debbie Keller – Long Island, NY
Sarah Pogson – Boston College
Kaitlin Kramer – Boston College
The Schmidt Andersen Family – Brookline, MA
Thomas Mambwe – Kent, UK
International School of Trieste – Italy