Twenty Fifth Anniversary of Books
for Africa Celebrated
Tsehaye Debalkew, Washington
D.C., September 22, 2013
Africa /BFA/ Initiative colorfully celebrated its Twenty Fifth Anniversary in
the presence of over seven hundred invited guests, Sponsors, partners,
employees, Board and Managing Leadership of BFA and the Honorary Chairman of
BFA, Ethiopian Ambassador to the US Girma Birru, in Minnesota.
Special Envoy and Ambassador Extra-Ordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to
the US, Resident Ambassador to Canada and Mexico and current Honorary Chairman
of BFA in his resounding remark on the occasion thanked the founder and initiator
of BFA, Mr. Tom Warth for walking the walk by playing an exemplary role and
other Board and Managing Leadership of the enterprise.
evening reception event hosted last Friday featuring The Books for Africa
Summit Society, the Honorary Chairperson also gave a vote of thanks and due
recognition to Mr. Patrick Polanski, the Executive Director of BFA, and Mr.
Norm Linnel, Board President of BFA.
Girma also hailed the quintessential support for the success of BFA'S mission
of the entire leadership, the untiring and indomitable spirit of all employees,
partners and primarily the unreserved support of the Sponsors.
recognition to the huge, colossal and timely humanitarian task of donating
critically needed books to the African continent by the Books for Africa /BFA/
Initiative, he recognized BFA as the global leader engaged in the provision of
books to Africa since 1988.
Chairman of BFA, Special Envoy Girma Birru flanked by hundreds of Ethiopian
members of the Diaspora drawn from the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis
proudly and eloquently cited Ethiopia standing tall as the second recipient of
books from BFA in the continent trailing Ghana and expressed the resolve of the
Ethiopian government to enhance its support for the bold and brilliant
initiative of the enterprise.
vowed by expressing the Ethiopian government's readiness to allow the delivery
of the books by BFA to enter Ethiopia free of Taxes. He paid special tribute to
the Ethiopian Diaspora members who have proactively played a positive role as
sponsors of books to BFA Initiative and called upon them to redouble their
effort in this pious endeavor.
Girma revealed on the occasion that presently the student population of
Ethiopia covers a whapping quarter of the populace estimated at Twenty Two
Million Students encompassing all the way from the Primary to the Tertiary
education levels. This surely underlines the need for continuous partnership
between Ethiopia and BFA ", he stressed.
the donation made by BFA to Ethiopia, the Ambassador spoke to the crowd present
during the event about the importance of getting even more books into the hands
of Ethiopian students of all ages, for learning institutions use academic books
as one of the critical inputs in their relentless effort to improve the quality
Books for Africa/BFA/ Initiative it is estimated that over 29, million texts
and library books and close to one thousand computers have been shipped to 48
African countries since 1988.