Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL)

Friends of African Village Libraries is committed to long-term management of and support for small community libraries in rural Africa. Our goal is to establish long-term relationships with community libraries, rather than provide an initial donation and move on to another village. We believe that every child and adult should have the opportunity to pick up a book and read, so we are dedicated to increasing access to reading material and other information in rural villages in sub-Saharan Africa.

Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL)
P.O. Box 90533
San Jose, CA 95109
United States
408-554-6888
http://www.favl.org

Co-Director, West Africa

Michael Kevane

Board of Directors

Michael Kevane, Kate Parry, Deborah Garvey, Lori Zink, Susan Frey, Helene LaFrance, Donkoui Koura

Project Leaders

Charles Casler
Krystle Austin

Mission

Friends of African Village Libraries is committed to long-term management of and support for small community libraries in rural Africa. Our goal is to establish long-term relationships with community libraries, rather than provide an initial donation and move on to another village. We believe that every child and adult should have the opportunity to pick up a book and read, so we are dedicated to increasing access to reading material and other information in rural villages in sub-Saharan Africa.

Programs

FAVL typically funds the refurbishment and maintenance of a locally donated building for use as a library, pays for initial and periodic training of librarians, pays the salary of the librarian (equivalent to one-half the salary of a primary school teacher), funds initial and ongoing purchases of local books by African authors, and ships appropriate donated books from the United States. FAVL also runs summer reading camps for elementary school students in several villages with FAVL libraries.

Statistics on Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL)

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2011: $100,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $160,000
  • Other funding sources: Individual donors and small grants. FAVL also is partner with Santa Clara University's Reading West Africa study abroad program.

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