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.
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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Jan 11, 2013

12 New Aya Books Purchased and More on Their Way!

New Books
New Books

With funds that generous donors gave to FAVL via GlobalGiving, we have enough money to buy 25 copies (2 copies per library in Burkina) of books in the Aya series at the local bookstore. So we purchased three copies each of Aya #1, Aya #2, Aya #3 and Aya #4 for a total of 12 books. Since the bookstore was a little short on copies (they are very popular books and rarely stay in stock long!), we placed an order for 9 more copies of #1, 4 copies of #2 and 2 copies of #3. When that order comes in, each library will have a copy of the first three books in the series and we’ll be halfway to our goal for getting the whole series in each library! We’ve told the librarians to make sure that when they receive their new Aya books, to leave them in the library so all the patrons can enjoy them before they get checked out. Kids get so excited to see the new books on the shelves, so we’re going to make sure to send out these new copies right away.

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