Who are we and what is our goal?
With the Bücherbörse Köln, we are pursuing the goal of "providing targeted and sustainable educational opportunities for students in less-favored regions"
On the premises of the TH Cologne the largest book exchange in the city is taking place once a year under the slogan "helping - with reading". From the total proceeds of the books and records education projects are financed in less privileged areas. Since 2012, we have been able to build an orphan kindergarten, a primary and two secondary schools in Malawi, Africa.
And all of Cologne helps us with that, they are the ones donating all books and records and the willingness to donate is overwhelming:
we collect more than 15.000 books and records each year. We categorize them in headings and prices and store them till the big event, to sell them for just a little price. Over 15,000 high quality books and records come together every year. They are categorized, priced and stored in order to sell them once a year on the book exchange Cologne at low prices.
Meanwhile, the Bücherbörse Köln is an established event with lots of offers: Accompanying the book and record sales, there is an extensive literary, musical and gastronomic supporting program. In addition to exciting readings by Cologne authors, bands and singles performers perform live music on stage. Even a poetry slam takes place and also for the youngest ones is provided by a comprehensive children's program, make-up and magician. The event is rounded off by international food specialties, delicious coffee from Cologne's oldest coffee roasting company and delicious cakes.
100% of all proceeds go into the building of the schools in selected areas of the developing countries.
student led project
established and organized by students of the technical university (TH) Köln.
In the first 5 years we have successfully build with your support 5 school buildings for kids in Malawi.
2017 we started with a new project in Nairobi, Kenya.
2017 | Primary school in Nairobi, Kenya
Mathare, the second largest slum of Nairobi, has a population if half a million people. During our visit, we look over a sea of corrugated iron huts without running water, electricity, sewers or roads. Hardly any prospects, but education means hope and gets the kids off the streets. That's why, together with local partners, we are going to build a primary school for 200 kids in the Mathare Slum from the proceeds in 2017. Starting date of the construction is January 2018.
2016 | Primary school in Blantyre, Malawi
The school is standing and was inaugurated with a big party. Especially in the region, the kids in Malawi have little opportunity for education. This is exactly where we started with the revenue of the 2016 book exchange. In cooperation with the abc-Gesellschaft e.V., an 8th grade elementary school was built for which the Minister of Education provided us with the property free of charge. Since the inauguration in September 2017, more than 400 students are looking forward to education.
2015 | Secondary school in Blantyre, Malawi
Done! The secondary school is fully funded. Last teacher's furniture and shelves will be mounted so that the construction can be completed in September. Thus, the start of school for the new school year at the beginning of October can be scheduled. With 4 classrooms of 50 students each, 200 kids have the opportunity to learn. o Our great project to create an entire school center (kindergarten, elementary school, secondary school) is thus successfully implemented.
2014 | Primary school in Blantyre, Malawi
What a project! The "Tsogolo La Ana" Primary School in Mpemba is in full swing with great joy - it includes fabulous 320 students and 10 teachers. To our surprise, a teacher painted very beautiful murals in the group rooms of the elementary school. It is therefore cherished and maintained. Joy and gratitude are great ..
The Chief: "Mpemba has 7,800 inhabitants, including 5,000 children and adolescents. The way to the next school was very far, too far for the little ones. We, the parents and students, are immensely grateful.
2013 | Kindergarten for orphans in Blantyre, Malawi
We are building an entire school centrum. In addition, the full proceeds of the Bücherbörse Köln 2013 will flow into the construction of a kindergarten for orphans in Blantyre, Malawi. Thus, the kindergarten is the first of three pillars of the school center. This is done in cooperation with the "abc Society for the Promotion of Reading and Writing in the 3rd World e.V." The government has provided the necessary land for free. In addition, the care of the children is ensured by three wonderful ladies who have been taking care of orphans for years.
2012 | Secondary school in Kasunga, Malawi
The first book exchange was a huge success from the beginning. We were showered with book & records donations by you and the response to the event weekend was overwhelming. Over 10,000 books were offered, delicious coffee & cake, and the raffle brought together fabulous € 12,000. With the money raised, we were able to build a secondary school in Kasungu, Malawi, together with the "abc society for the promotion of reading and writing in the 3rd World e.V.". School start was the 01.09.2013, the kids are doing magnificently.