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.
Jun 19, 2013

Camp Planning Underway

Kids Learning How to Care for a Book at 2012 Camp
Kids Learning How to Care for a Book at 2012 Camp

The planning phase of FAVL's summer reading camp project is underway. We were not able to get the funds to run all 12 reading camps, which is unfortunate, but through various sources, including generous donors on GlobalGiving, we will be able to run 5 reading camps and help 125 elementary school students work on their reading skills over the course of one week. We decided to do something a little different this year, and use the summer reading camps to reward a library where (1) the librarian has developed a good working relationship with the mayor's office, evidenced by the mayor's commitment to gradually take over payment of the librarian's salary and (2) the librarian is extremely motivated and enthusiastically completed all of their work. Some of the funds that we got were from a scholarship program, called Love of Learning, which sponsors 15 middle school students in the southwest region of Burkina Faso. With the help of the scholarship program, we will be able to hold 2 camps, and the girls will help run the camps as part of a service requirement for their scholarships.

Next week, we will start the lottery drawings for the participating students. Then we will begin buying supplies, such as paper, markers and books as well as contacting local teachers and cooks to help run the camps. Local librarians have already begun informing their communities that the camps will take place.

15 Middle School Girls Who Will Help Run Camps
15 Middle School Girls Who Will Help Run Camps

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Apr 15, 2013

Aya Books on their Way

Reading Aya at the Pobe-Mengao Village Library
Reading Aya at the Pobe-Mengao Village Library

Thanks to generous donors, our project to get the Aya de Youpougon series to each of our twelve village libraries in Burkina Faso has been a big success. So far we have purchased a total of 24 books (2 per library) and have been able to order 18 more. We ordered them from a local bookstore a couple of months ago and are waiting for the books to come in, and they should be here by the end of April (shipping to Burkina takes a little while). We're very excited to get the books and send them to the libraries. Librarians say that the Aya books that are at the libraries now are very popular, and reader eagerly await the rest of the series in order to find out what happens to Aya and her friends. The comics are very popular because they are filled with West African slang, familiar images, relatable characters, and situations that are common in everyday life in West Africa. They are also great for everyone from kids to adults. We can't wait to get the rest of the books in the series to the libraries!

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Mar 20, 2013

Camp Organization is Underway!

Proud winner of Word BINGO at Sara Village Library
Proud winner of Word BINGO at Sara Village Library

We're in the organizational stages of this year's reading camps, which begin at the end of July and continue through September. We've decided to continue with the hygiene theme, since last year's facilitators commented on the positive impact of teaching kids about hand washing and oral hygiene. Thus, the books that will be used will concentrate on promoting hygiene and reading and artistic activities will also focus on this theme. With donations from GlobalGiving, we will be able to purchase books, 2 nutritious daily meals for each camper, t-shirts, toothbrushes and toothpaste and soap for each library's hand washing station. With help from generous donors, we hope to be able to invite 25 kids to each of our 12 libraries in Burkina Faso for one week to work on their reading skills and increase their capacity for academic success!

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