Dear Friends of Maria’s Libraries,
Greetings from Busia! My name is Sofia Mussa. I’m very excited to be joining the Maria’s Libraries team for the next few months. I’ll be on the ground in Busia, working on a number of projects including the Mama Mtoto Storytime project as well as local fundraising for the construction of a brand new county library.
We have exciting news to report! In October of last year, our team won the Library Innovators Award at the Beyond Access Local Alternatives for Development Conference for a new phase of Mama Mtoto Storytime. The plan is to digitize and make interactive the multi-language books published last summer. The books will have exciting features including photos, videos and quizzes and will be accessible to users of all literacy levels. Once the digital books have been developed, I will work with the Mamas to make sure they are developed in a way that actually works for our community! We’re very excited to start developing the digital books in the next couple of weeks and we’ll be sure to keep you updated!
We’ll be revitalizing our fundraising efforts for this project specifically, to fund the advanced coding that is required for the digital book. As ever, your support is much appreciated!
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