SAPESI is a South African NPO that has jointly overseen the “South Africa Mobile Library Project” with the South African Department of Education since the project’s launch in 2005. Previously, the organization acted as an intermediary between the South African Department of Education and a Japanese NGO which used to send mobile libraries from Japan to South Africa. In 2007 SAPESI assumed responsibility for the acquisition and transportation of these vehicles from this NGO. It is a recipient of Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects from the Embassy of Japan in South Africa, and with support from the Society for Promotion of Japanese Diplomacy (SPJD) it continues to acquire and transport used mobile libraries to South Africa. SAPESI is also involved in the collection of books for use in the mobile libraries.
(Press Release dated May 26, 2008)