ZODML's 4000 Children's Book Drive Campaign was inspired by Araromi Baptist Primary School in Lagos Island. The school's premises housed two other educational institutions - Ereko Methodist Primary School and Ereko Computer School - and over 600 pupils, but did not have any library facilities. ZODML embarked on the Book Drive to collect new and gently used children's books suitable for primary school pupils to establish an Oasis Library at Araromi, as well as to bolster the understocked library of nearby Obalende Primary School.
Stanbic IBTC Bank generously partnered with us on this project by taking it on as part of its Employee Community Drive. With specially designed boxes at four corporate locations - 2 in Victoria Island (on Walter Carrington Crescent and Olakunle Bakare Close), 1 in Ilupeju, and 1 in Idejo - Stanbic contributed over 3000 books to the project, while ZODML staff and private donors both local and international brought the total number of books raised to 5231 - well over the target number.
The Araromi Oasis Library was opened on May 28, 2014 - the 10th year anniversay of the opening of our first Oasis Library at St George's Girls Primary School. The generosity of our donors enabled us to embark on Project Fireworks and open another 4 libraries before the end of 2014.
The photos below show the impact of the Book Drive.
Araromi Baptist Primary School:
Donating books to Obalende Primary School: