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.
Bring 15 Fatou Keita Books to 23 Village Libraries
 
This project will provide 15 picture books written by popular Ivorian author Fatou Keita. Kids in Burkina love these books and often come to village libraries just for them. They are perfect for emergent readers because they portray situations that occur in their neighborhoods, are written in simple French, and include beautiful illustrations on each page. Presently, 10 of FAVL's 21 new libraries have at most a few of the Keita books, and FAVL would like to have complete sets in each library. project reportread updates from the field
Girls' Computer Literacy & Leadership Program
 
In 2013, FAVL received funds to establish a multi-media center in Hounde, which will allow us to print cheap, locally-made books by authors, storytellers, illustrators and photographers from the area. The center is furnished with 2 computers, a scanner, black and white and color printers and 2 digital cameras. Our $5,000 goal will allow us to purchase more computers and invite local high school girls to the center to learn computer skills and print their own books. project reportread updates from the field
Transport Books through Rural Africa on Motorbike
 
Books in Burkina Faso are more often than not too expensive for the average citizen, especially for those who live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihood. Using a tricycle motorbike with a wagon on the back, FAVL will be able to develop a mobile library and thus provide 400 books to 1000 people in 12 villages in rural Burkina Faso. The books will be locally purchased, and will allow residents of the villages to develop their reading and critical thinking skills. project reportread updates from the field
Provide a Rural African Village Library with Books
 
By stocking a small community library in the Sahel with books, you can provide 4,000 adults and 2,000 children with access to educational resources that will enable them to expand their education. project reportread updates from the field
Help 300 Students Learn to Read in Burkina Faso
 
Friends of African Village Libraries' summer reading camps teach students how to read. Through individual tutoring, educational games and activities, elementary school students work on literacy skills, develop their imaginations and learn information about important topics like hygiene. project reportread updates from the field
Teach 300 Elementary School Children to Read
 
Friends of African Village Libraries plans to run summer reading camps at 12 community libraries to help 300 elementary school children who have limited access to reading materials develop their reading, writing and comprehension skills and improve their academic performance. project reportread updates from the field
Help 200 students learn to read in Burkina Faso
 
Friends of African Village Libraries' summer reading camps teach students how to read. Through individual tutoring, educational games and activities, elementary school students learn how to read. project reportread updates from the field
Provide an African Village Library with Aya Books
 
This project will provide FAVL's 12 libraries in Burkina Faso and 3 libraries in Ghana each with a set of 5 "Aya de Yopougon" graphic novels. project reportread updates from the field
 
   

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