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 17, 2012

More Aya Books Ordered

Aya books provide strong female role models
Aya books provide strong female role models

With the recent donations that we've gotten from the Global Giving website, FAVL has enough funds to purchase 12 more copies of books in the Aya de Yopougon series. Unfortunately, the local bookstore was short on copies. So we ordered 12 copies of the first in the series, which none of the libraries currently has. The books will come into the bookstore at the end of October, and then we will be able to send one book to each of the libraries in Burkina. We will then ask each librarian to keep the book in the library for at least a month before they allow patrons to check them out. Hopefully, by this time everyone in the community will have had time to see the book and be able to page through it at the library before everyone goes crazy checking it out!

As we've said in previous reports, the Aya series is extremely popular at the village libraries. It is rare to find a book, especially a graphic novel, that is written by an African and accurately depicts daily life. Readers easily relate to the characters and dialogue because the situations and slang are familiar to them.

Kids reading the books at one of the libraries
Kids reading the books at one of the libraries

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Oct 16, 2012

2012 edition of FAVL reading camps come to a close

Partner reading with Activities Coordinator
Partner reading with Activities Coordinator

Thanks to many generous donors, FAVL was able to host reading camps in 11 rural villages in Burkina Faso: Béréba, Sara, Dohoun, Karaba, Koumbia, Boni, Dimikuy, Pobé-Mengao, Bougounam, Niankorodougou and
Béléhédé. Two hundred and seventy-five (275) total students at the CE2 and CM1 levels (3rd and 4th grade) participated in the camps. Twenty-five kids from local elementary schools were invited to participate in
each camp.

Activities lasted six days and ran from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the duration of the camp. A cook was locally hired in each village to prepare daily meals (breakfast and lunch) for the students. Every participant received a camp
T-shirt, which featured a scene of children reading and a slogan about the importance of reading. Facilitation teams included FAVL coordinators and librarians, elementary school teachers, library assistants and Peace Corps volunteers.

FAVL’s 2012 reading camps enabled 275 elementary school students to spend a week of their summer vacation receiving individual attention and specialized instruction to work on skills to help them succeed in school. Making sure the kids had fun was also important in order to show them that reading and writing are no just chores to be done at school but valuable skills they can enjoy for life. The facilitation teams were able to emphasize this through various activities and games including guided reading time, reading with partners or tutors, Word BINGO, spelling contests and drawing time.

With funds, FAVL were able to purchase notebooks, t-shirts and two daily meals (breakfast and lunch) for each student. Since part of the camps’ goal this year was also to teach kids about hygiene, we constructed a hand washing station from cheap and locally available materials at each library. Students were encouraged to wash their hands before and after each meal and after exiting the latrines. After the camp, the stations will stay at
the library to serve as a model to their communities. Each student also received a toothbrush and toothpaste to take home, and participated in a tooth brushing demonstration.

All parties benefited from their participation in reading camps: the librarians and coordinators learned new activities that they can continue to use at the libraries throughout the rest of the year; teachers learned new effective teaching techniques to take into the classroom; volunteers learned more about their adopted culture and got ideas for projects to bring to their own villages. Of course, the greatest benefit was toward the campers, who were given an educational, fun and diversified learning experience.

Reading UNICEF
Reading UNICEF's Bouba and Zaza series
Reading with the librarian
Reading with the librarian

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Jul 26, 2012

Aya Books purchased!

Aya Book Number 2
Aya Book Number 2

Thanks to some generous donations on GlobalGiving adding up to $200, FAVL was able to purchase 12 Aya books for the libraries in Burkina Faso. Sadly, DIACFA (the book store in the capital of Burkina Faso) was out of copies of the first book in the series, but we were able to get 5 copies of number 2 and 7 copies of number 3. That's enough for us to send one copy to each library to get their collections started. The kids will be excited to see the new arrivals. The graphic novels from Côte d'Ivoire are a big hit because they are written in west African French (lots of slang) and include relatable characters and stories.

Thank you all!

Dounko reading Aya Number 2 at the bookstore
Dounko reading Aya Number 2 at the bookstore

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