To promote literacy and education, a local business is holding a fundraising event Nov. 7 to raise money to buy books for Africa.

Kalahari Foods will host the event, which starts at 6 p.m. at the River’s Edge Convention Center.

Funds raised will help Books for Africa ship more books to the continent to help provide a culture of literacy and tools for the next generation of African parents, teachers and leaders.

Isaac and Rosemond Owens, owners of Kalahari foods, have seen the impact the books can make. Rosemond is also president of the board of directors for Books for Africa.

This summer, the two went home to Ghana, which has been the recipient of about 257 shipping containers of books. They have been distributed to education systems, libraries, universities and schools.

“We were so impressed about the work, the effect … we want to do even more,” she said.

This will be the sixth annual event. Last year, they raised about $30,000, which allows them to send three shipping containers.

Books For Africa has shipped more than 34 million books to 49 different countries since 1988.  Over the past 12 months, the organization shipped 2.4 million books, 665 computers and 200 e-readers containing 1.6 million digital books, as well as 5 new law and human rights libraries to 21 African countries.

More than $2.3 million was raised last year to ship the books to the students of Africa.

All the books are donated.

“It’s a great recycling effort, too,” Rosemond said.

The couple has always believed in the power of literacy, she said. Locally, they contribute to United Way of Central Minnesota’s Imagination Library, which provides free books to young children.

“Literacy has the power to change generations … it changes to the trajectory of people, to to go school, to be able to develop their potential and what they can be in life,” she said.

Kalahari foods will provide Ghanaian food. They are hoping 100 people will participate.

“It’s been a community effort,” she said.

Tickets are $25,  and tables for eight are $200. Purchase tickets at aroundthecloud.org/event/detail/441790921/Books_for_Africa_Fundraiser.

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