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.
Mar 16, 2015

Fatou Keita Books See Heavy Use in FAVL Libraries

Reading Fatou Keita in Ouargaye
Reading Fatou Keita in Ouargaye

As we mentioned in our last project report, FAVL staff used your generous contributions to purchase 80 Fatou Keita books in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in late July, in time for FAVL's summer reading camps and for our other youth patrons to have access to the series over summer vacation. (Please see the October 2014 report for library allocation spreadsheet and purchase receipt.) FAVL's Activities Coordinator, Alidou Boué, brought back 6 books apiece for each of the 7 libraries in Tuy province, as well as FAVL's libraries in northern Burkina Faso (Ouargaye, Béléhédé, Pobé-Mengao, Bougounam and Kiembara).

In keeping with our project goal of providing access to African-authored books to our library patrons, Dounko Sanou, FAVL's Burkina Faso representative, last week distributed another $150 worth of African authored children's books, with a heavy emphasis on the Fatou Keita series, to the libraries in the southwest of Burkina Faso.  (See FAVL blog link below.) 

As our ongoing donors know well, Fatou Keita is the Ivoirian author of a wildly popular series of children's picture books. Her titles include Le Retour de la Voleuse des SouriresLe Coq Qui Ne Voulait Plus ChanterSinabani, La Petite Dernière, and Le Boubou du Père Noël. The stories are set in familiar rural African village settings and reflect the readers' daily life experiences.  Each page features a large, colorful illustration with a few lines of text, perfect for the young or emergent reader. Even younger pre-literate children enjoy turning the pages of Fatou Keita's books and marveling at the lively illustrations.

The over 100 new books purchased with the monies raised by this project are being much enjoyed by children visiting FAVL's libraries, and librarians often feature the volumes during storytime!

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Feb 27, 2015

Help FAVL Bring a Mobile Library to Burkina Faso

FAVL's motorbike mobile library proposal is a continuation of a project, "Youth in Tuy Read," that FAVL completed in summer 2014.  As part of the YTR initiative, FAVL transported novels by bicycle to young adult readers in hard-to-reach areas near our existing village libraries. Unfortunately, Burkina's rural roads are in such poor condition that we cannot regularly ship books on bicycle.  In addition to providing a greater number and variety of books, this GlobalGiving project also addresses the needs of a larger population of readers, namely, adult, young adult, AND children, who wish to have access to age-appropriate books. 

As of the end of February, FAVL has raised $250, a good start, towards providing mobile library service to a dozen remote Burkinabè villages. We thank our GlobalGiving donor partners for their generous support of our project!  We need an additional $1750 in order to afford to purchase a covered "motortrike," which we will use to transport books to rural villages that lack access to books and other reading materials; our target villages have neither libraries nor bookstores. With the remaining funds, we will be able to purchase 250 children's picture books and 150 adult novels to stock the mobile library, as well as to pay for a librarian/chauffeur (driver), gas and motorbike maintenance required for safe travel on Burkina's rutted, dirt roads.

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Oct 29, 2014

Getting Started on FAVL's Girls' Computer Literacy & Leadership Project

Ebola health pamphlets produced at Hounde center
Ebola health pamphlets produced at Hounde center

FAVL’s multi-media center in Houndé, Burkina Faso, prints inexpensive, culturally relevant books that are written and illustrated by local authors, storytellers, illustrators and photographers.  To date, generous GlobalGiving donors have raised $2125 (about 40 percent of our goal) for the Girls’ Computer Literacy and Leadership Project, which will provide local high school girls the opportunity to augment their computer literacy skills as well as technical research, writing, drawing and photography skills, as they produce and print their own books.  Our project’s goals include building these young women’s self-confidence to help them in their future job searches and careers. Once we are able to buy the 5 computers, benches and work tables necessary for implementing the project, we can really get the program rolling at the Houndé multimedia center.

In the meantime, we are utilizing the resources of the Houndé center to produce a timely Ebola information pamphlet called Parlons du virus l'Ebola that our team adapted from WHO information bulletins.  With the Ebola virus in nearby Sierra Leone, it is only a matter of time before someone unwittingly introduces the disease to Burkina Faso. Residents of villages with FAVL libraries will be equipped with the information they need to stay healthy.

We are also progressing on a complementary girl-focused literacy project. Our pilot girls’ health literacy reading club project, funded by EIFL, allows five FAVL libraries to purchase and use six smartphones in each library for a health literacy-focused reading club of ten young women. The participants will meet to discuss vital health information, including malaria prevention and family planning.  

 

Gearing up for girls
Gearing up for girls' health reading clubs

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