It all began in May 2008, when fifteen year-old Shannon McNamara was planning a service trip to Africa. She learned about the gender bias that prevents many girls there from getting a quality education, and she was determined to help. Shannon rallied her neighbors and friends, and together they collected donations of thousands of children’s books, school supplies and used laptop computers.
That summer, Shannon and her family brought 500 pounds of these donated school supplies to a rural village in Tanzania, and transformed a dilapidated classroom into a fully functioning library. From that initial project, SHARE in Africa was born.