Library Book Drive

LEMA Institute Hosts a Book Drive for African Community Library

LEMA, a US Institute based in Plainwell, Michigan is hosting a book drive to establish a community library in its campus in Mbaitoli, Imo State of Nigeria.

Mbaitoli Community, about the size of Kalamazoo County in Michigan with a population of over 200,000 does not have a functional library.  Lack of books remain an obstacle to the expected educational development aimed at improving public well-being and reducing poverty. The library would provide internet access and access to online resources around the world, thereby enabling broader scholarship and encouraging readership among school children.

LEMA Institute, though primarily focused on training local pastors, also embarks on community development programs and programs aimed at alleviating poverty. For example, annually, LEMA sponsors a poultry raising workshop for the community and students. Since early last year, LEMA has continued to provide clean drinking water to Ofekata, its host village.

According to Rev Joshua Amaezechi, the President of LEMA,  the Community Library will be “another step-in improving education and increasing the well-being of the local people.”

You can donate with a check payable to:

LEMA Institute and mail it to

LEMA Institute, P.O Box 143, Plainwell, MI 49080

Questions? Please contact:

Traci Rhoades at or

Jane Glas at

2 ways to participate in the Book Drive:


1 way is to donate money to help cover the costs of shipping the entire former Vine Institute Library of Salt Lake City Utah to Mbitoli, Nigeria LEMA campus and to 

purchase books from local bookstores in Nigeria. This second option would save LEMA the additional cost of shipping books overseas as well as providing support for local book sellers. 

A $10 donation buys one book. A 20, $50 or $100 donation would buy even more. 


2nd way is to donate science fiction books, science and technology books, science text books for middle and high school students, books in agricultural and technical trades – carpentry, plumbing, electrical installation, computer repairs, masonry etc. New or used books in decent condition are accepted.

LEMA (Leadership Education Mission for Africa), is a 501 (c) 3 NON-PROFIT organization. Your donation is tax deductible.