I just got back from a trip up to Béléhédé to see the new library and it looks great! We arrived in the village with a car full of books and magazines to find the library packed with children coloring and reading. My friend Pahitiba, with who I attended a maternal and child health conference last year, was excited to tell me that she had checked out a book on HIV/AIDS and was showing it to all of the women who come into the health clinic where she works. I was also thrilled to hear that the community was going to use some funds that they had raised to buy more school text books and pedagogical manuals for the elementary school teachers to use. The community was effusive in their appreciation and, though I wish I could have stayed longer, I couldn't have asked for a better first visit!
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