BBF Education Program Statistics

 

Timeline

1961 Program formed by Gussie Hingson at the suggestion of Victoria Tolbert, wife of William R. Tolbert Vice President of Liberia.

1962 – First collection of 100,000 school texts sent to Liberia, West Africa at the expense of the U.S. government by special order of President John F. Kennedy.

1962 – 1980 Collected and distributed almost 1,000,000 requested texts to students in Liberia, Turkey, Ghana, etc. (over 90% provided by school districts).

1981 – 2000 Distributed over 43,000,000 school books to students in 70 countries
(over 90 % of texts provided by publishers).

2001 – 2016 Distributed over 56,523,500 requested texts to students in 95 countries
(over 90% of texts provided by publishers).

Total Countries Served – 114

Total number of books distributed 1960-2017: 100,545,555.
Estimated value of books distributed:$3,484,860,543.
Weight of books distributed:54,170 tons.
25,000,000 students served in over 50,000 schools and libraries.

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Antigua/Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Bahamas
Bangladesh
Belarus
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Botswana
Bulgaria
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Chile
China
Columbia
Congo
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Czech Republic
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
East Timor
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Ethiopia
Gambia
Georgia
Ghana
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Iraq
Israel
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kenya
Kosovo
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Lithuania
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Mexico
Mongolia
Montenegro
Mozambique
Namibia
Nepal
Nicaragua
Nigeria
Pakistan
Palestine
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Samoa
Serbia
Sierra Leone
Slovakia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
St. Lucia
St. Vincent’s Island
Sudan
Swaziland
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Tonga
Trinidad
Tunisia
Turkey
Uganda
Ukraine
United States
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yugoslavia
Zaire/Rwanda
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Top Ten Recipient Countries

Jamaica – 25,834,823 books
Philippines – 16,709,955 books
United States – 6,506,857 books
Guyana – 5,588,124 books
Ghana – 3,003,188 books
Zimbabwe – 2,423,402 books
Liberia – 1,999,230 books
El Salvador- 1,874,901 books
Ethiopia – 1,676,280 books
South Africa- 1,485,348 books 

Distribution By Region

Caribbean – 29,003,992 books
Asia – 20,314,112 books
Africa – 18,086,285 books
Latin America – 11,869,850 books
United States – 6,506,857 books
Eastern Europe – 3,023,194 books