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.
Jan 7, 2014

On our way to teaching computer skills to girls

Local librarians working on storybooks
Local librarians working on storybooks

Thanks to generous donors, we have some start-up funds for buying a computer and helping girls to create their own books. We still need more help if we're going to be able to purchase a computer. The goals of the project is to train local high school girls in the town of Houndé in computer literacy and have them collaborate with local storytellers and health clinic staff to produce books in French and local language. The topics of the books will target girls and women and be both fiction and non-fiction. The girls will gain valuable computer and writing skills. The books will be distributed to village libraries in the Houndé area, and will be used by librarians to organize literacy activities for local woman.


Jan 7, 2014

Strong Start to Building a Mobile Library

Local high school student reading in Bereba
Local high school student reading in Bereba

So far, the Mobile Library project has received $112 dollars. Thanks to our generous donors, we will be able to buy 20 picture books for children and novels for adults for the mobile library. The books will be very much appreciated by the residents of villages where they do not have regular access to reading materials. Once we buy the books, we will be able to transport them by bicycle to certain villages, but we still need more funds to be able to buy the motorbike and pay the salary of a driver. The motorbike, which has a cart attached to the back, will facilitate the task of traveling long distances over various types of terrain and delivering books to more remote villages. We look forward to beginning the project, and thank our generous donors for their help in providing reading materials to those who do not have regular access.


Dec 23, 2013

More Fatou Keita Books in Village Libraries!

Young Reader with Fatou Keita
Young Reader with Fatou Keita's Christmas Book

With the generous donations that we received from Regional Bonus Day, we will be able to purchase 42 new Fatou Keïta books. That means 3 new books for each village library! The books are the most popular in each of the libraries for elementary school kids. Even those who can't read yet love to look at their beautiful and colorful illustrations. Librarians often use them for story hours at their libraries and FAVL’s annual summer reading camps. We will purchase the new books at the beginning of the year. The kids who use the village libraries will be excited to get ahold of the new books and start reading them!


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