FEF brings gently used books to Ghanaian communities that have lots of eager readers but very few books. FRF builds libraries in Africa by connecting book drive organizers in the United States with African communities in need.
Volunteers organize book drives and community events to help ship books to Ghana. The goals are to improve literacy, education, and self-empowerment. Many African schools do not have adequate resources to develop strong readers.

Textbooks are limited as is access to a wide range of books required to develop reading skills. Literacy and education are critical to breaking the cycle of poverty. FRF has partnered with local government agencies in Ghana whose focus is education and empowerment. FRF partners in Ghana include Unilever Ghana volunteers, National Service staff of Ghana, Ministry of Education and University Of Ghana.

Most parents do not have the means to purchase books on their own and there is often a limited supply of children and young adult books available in the communities. By creating a culture of literacy the anticipation is providing the tools to its citizens as a way out of poverty.

Did You Know?

The Majority of children in Ghana grow up without books, while U.S. bookshelves and landfills in the United States overflow with books no longer read.

  • Ghana, at 46 percent, has the highest percentage of illiteracy in the world.
  • 20 percent of teachers teach without book and writing resources.
  • Books are the key to increasing literacy, and literacy is the number tool out of poverty.
  • Many adult Africans lose their ability to read due to a lack of reading materials.

Accomplishments To Date

  • Completed 20 Libraries in Ghana.
  • Created 40 partnerships with U.S. schools and other organizations.
  • More than 30,000 books have been donated.

Cost Per Each Shipment

The cost of sending one 8 by 8 by 40-foot container of books is approximately $13,000. The shipments of books cannot reach their destination without the help of donors, partners, and supporters.

Fever Relief Fund collects opened but unused and new but unneeded medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, manufacturers, and distributors diverting them from landfills and shipping them for use in Ghana.

The work of FRF saves thousands of pounds of excess medical supplies and equipment from landfills and incinerators that, for various reasons, hospitals and medical companies discard. Donations are accepted of unused, unexpired medical supplies and used but functioning biomedical equipment through FRF’s medical supply recovery program.

Partnerships have been established by FRF with hospitals throughout the United States to set up recovery programs for equipment and supplies, so the hospital staff can efficiently recycle their surplus medical supplies. This includes regular pick-up of donated supplies. Every day US hospitals prepare for surgeries and procedures by opening instrument and supply packs. A great deal of these valuable goods are never used, though, due to government regulations, these supplies must be discarded.

FRF collects these supplies, which never had patient contact, so they can be used to save lives in Africa. While American doctors throw away sutures that have never been used, medical professionals throughout the world are washing, sun drying and reusing sutures on numerous patients.

In times of famine, drought or civil unrest, specific challenges face the children in FRF programs. When possible, FRF fills some of these needs by sending containers of humanitarian relief items including blankets, nursery kits, school kits, toys, and many other items which are needed. Programs request specific items so that what they receive is actually put to use immediately, with minimum waste.