Books for Zim (pictures), a project of Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, has collected more than 1,600 pounds of books for delivery to village schools in Zimbabwe through a partnership with US-Africa Children’s Fellowship.

Mark Grashow, president of US- Africa Children’s Fellowship, left, stands with Relly Coleman, founder and president of Books for Zim, in front of over 1,600 pounds of books to be shipped to Zimbabwe.

Relly Coleman, a congregation member, founded the project in 2005 after a family trip to Zimbabwe to celebrate the 90th birthday of her mother-in-law, Mabel Coleman.

To date, it has shipped thousands of pounds of books to Zimbabwe, including shipments to Zimbabwe’s Lemba communities.

The initiative, which in the past focused on collecting textbooks and library books, is currently seeking calculators, soccer balls, toys and games appropriate for schools, the release states.

For information or to donate, email Relly Coleman at [email protected]