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.
Oct 28, 2014

Popular Fatou Keita Books Sent to FAVL Libraries

Fatou Keita books purchased
Fatou Keita books purchased

FAVL's Burkina staff used your generous contributions to purchase 80 Fatou Keita books at a local Ouagadougou bookstore in late July (receipt above). That's 6 new books for each village library in Burkina Faso! (See attached spreadsheet.) FAVL's Activities Coordinator, Alidou Boué, brought back books to distribute to the 7 libraries in Tuy province, as well as FAVL's libraries in northern Burkina Faso (Ouargaye, Béléhédé, Pobé-Mengao, Bougounam and Kiembara).  It was wonderful to have new, colorful, and appealing books over the Burkinabé summer vacation.  The Fatou Keita books saw heavy use at the summer reading camps held at our village libraries in Béréba, Kiembara, Niankorodougou, and Pobé-Mengao. The children were thrilled to have the new books.

Fatou Keita is the Ivoirian author of a wildly popular series of children's picture books. Her titles include Le Retour de la Voleuse des SouriresLe Coq Qui Ne Voulait Plus ChanterSinabani, La Petite Dernière, and Le Boubou du Père Noël. The stories are set in familiar African settings, and each page features a large, colorful illustration with a few lines of text. The books are adapted to and reflect the lived experience of African village life, and are written at the primary school reading level to encourage emerging readers. Even younger children who can't yet read enjoy turning the pages of the books and marveling at the illustrations.

The 80 new books are being much enjoyed by children visiting FAVL's libraries, and librarians often feature the volumes during storytime!

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Aug 13, 2014

Mobile Library Coming Soon to Rural Burkina Faso

Covered Motorbike Tricycle
Covered Motorbike Tricycle

Thanks to generous donors, we've already raised more than $100 towards the mobile library. With $2000, we'll be able to buy a motorbike with a covered cart, which we will be able to use to transport books places in rural Burkina Faso that are both hard to reach and don't have access to books (no libraries or bookstores). With the remaining funds, we would like to purchase 250 children's picture books and 150 adult novels to stock the mobile library as well as a librarian/chauffeur, gas and motorbike maintenance. The mobile library will follow up a recent project that FAVL completed called "Youth in Tuy Read," where we transported novels to young adults in hard-to-reach areas near village libraries. Unfortunately, the roads are not good enough to be regularly shipped books on bicycle and the program did not address the needs of adults and younger children who would also like to have access to books. So as a continuation of the project, we hope to be able to start the motorbike mobile library. 

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Aug 13, 2014

Almost Ready to get Girl's Computer Literacy and Leadership Program Started!!

FAVL Multimedia Center Hounde
FAVL Multimedia Center Hounde

Thanks to generous donations from the Mother's Day GlobalGiving Bonus Challenge, we have raised over $2000 for the Computer Literacy and Leadership Program. That's enough money to buy 3 computers out of the 5 we budgeted for! We're well on our way to getting the program set up for local girls to computer literacy skills as well as new technical skills such as research, writing, drawing and photographing as well as self-confidence which will help them in their future job searches. Once we are able to buy the 5 computers, benches and tables, we can get the program started at the already-existing multimedia center while we wait for additional funds for the rest of the supplies (paper, ink, etc.) to print the books.

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