Sharon Allen

Sharon Allen

Originally from the Buffalo, New York area, Sharon has resided in the beautiful mountains of northern New Mexico, most notably near Bandelier National Monument, where her three children were raised, for the past 40 years.  She recently retired after a 30-year career in education teaching mostly kindergarten and first grade, starting at a mission school in the Espanola Valley and ended-up in the scientific town of Los Alamos, NM.

Her passion for early literacy and a fascination for all things African make working with Project Humanity a perfect match.  Since retiring, Sharon has spent her time collecting, sorting, packing and shipping 11,000-plus books (11 school libraries) to various African countries with the African Library Project.  After witnessing three of her own libraries being unpacked and shelved in Kenyan schools in May 2017, she was hooked and plans to spend her retirement encouraging and helping schools, churches, and service clubs to experience the same joy and satisfaction that she has felt by collecting and shipping libraries of books to African schools.

Sharon feels that Project Humanity’s mission of service to others is a great way to truly make a tangible difference in the world and in ways that will positively impact Africa’s most vulnerable – it’s children.

Sharon’s hobbies are traveling the world (so she never stops learning), anything that involves dressing-up in costumes, and singing, reading, and interacting with kids.