Textbooks for Change supplies East African universities with much-needed library donations

The donor: Chris Janssen

The gift: Creating Textbooks for Change

The cause: To supply textbooks to universities in East Africa

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When Chris Janssen graduated from the University of Western Ontario’s business program in 2013, he didn’t want to join the corporate world.

Instead, Mr. Janssen headed to Africa where he taught at a university in Rwanda and did research on small businesses in Kenya. During his work, he got a first-hand look at the miserable conditions at university libraries in both countries. “There was old and tattered material and dozens of students shared the same book,” he recalled. “The experience really frustrated me.”

He returned to Canada where he’d already started a small textbook donation program. In 2014, he…

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