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.
Sep 15, 2016

Smartphone training sessions in Koumbia library

Koumbia
Koumbia

Greetings, supporters of FAVL's activities in Burkina Faso! Our girls' computer literacy and leadership program, hosted at FAVL's Houndé Multimedia Center, remains open and active. We have received $2905 (slightly over half our project goal of $5500) from generous supporters like you.

We were fortunate this summer to have an undergraduate from U.C. Berkeley (Matthew) volunteer in Burkina Faso to help with our Hounde multimedia center.  Matthew trained one of our new FAVL staff members, Fankani, in using the computers to create books, using Microsoft Publisher. 

Matthew also worked with Fankani to organize three smartphone training sessions for young people in Koumbia village.  The sessions were held in the Koumbia library, using six smartphones that the library owns.  The sessions were mixed gender, including six young men and six young women.  The youth learned how to use a browser to do Internet research,  how to set-up and manage a Facebook account, and how to communicate with others through texting.  The goal was to develop some information literacy skills.

Since Matthew was a volunteer, the costs of the sessions were minimal (transport, pens and paper for participants, snacks, and mobile phone credits for connecting to the Internet), and we have allocated $100 from the project fund for these sessions.  We had earlier allocted $250 for the first workshop held in August 2015.  We thus have sufficient funds in the project budget to organize a more intensive workshop and purchase a couple of computers, but we are still in the process of recruiting a manager for the Hounde Multimedia Center (no candidate so far has had the needed computer skills).  As soon as we hire a manager, we will organize some workshop sessions and purchase the computers.

We thank you for helping bring information literacy to remote rural villages in Burkina Faso, and would greatly appreciate your continued financial support. Our ongoing literacy-building activities continue in Tuy province and updates are regularly posted on the FAVL blog.

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Sep 15, 2016

Will purchase more children's books soon

We have now received $210 out of the $750 program goal.  FAVL director Michael Kevane was visiting some of the libraries in Burkina Faso from Aug. 27-Sept 9.  He held meetings with all of the librarians.  The Fatou Keita books continue to be among the most popular books in the library.  One librarian mentioned Fatou Cache Ses Dents, a sweet story about a girl named Fatou who lost her front teeth and was embarrassed, but soon learned from her friends that losing her teeth was natural!

This week (Sept 13) the FAVL team in Ouagadougou will be purchasing $200 worth of children's books (including books by Fatou keita of course) for the libraries.  We will report on the distribution soon!

Boussouma library
Boussouma library
reading in kaya
reading in kaya

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Apr 13, 2016

Planning Future Workshops for Young Women

July 2015 computer workshop at HMC
July 2015 computer workshop at HMC

Greetings, supporters of FAVL's activities in Burkina Faso! Our girls' computer literacy and leadership program, hosted at FAVL's Houndé Multimedia Center, remains open and active. We have received $2800 (slightly over half our project goal of $5500) from generous supporters like you.

The past few months have been extraordinarily busy for FAVL-Burkina Faso: our library network has expanded by 21 sites for a total of 34 libraries, which is more than double our historical size!  We embarked on a four-year project to establish and support 20 libraries in two northern provinces of Bam and Sanmatenga. Most of the “FAVL time” of West Africa director (and Santa Clara University professor of economics) Michael Kevane has been spent helping the Ouagadougou office implement this large-scale project: negotiating long-term financial-support compacts with village councils, refurbishing village-donated buildings, ordering furniture, hiring and training librarians, and stocking books. Our efforts culminated with the February opening of the new libraries. Private donors supported the establishment of yet another new library in Sebba, Yagha province, in the northeast corner of the country near the Niger border, which opened in late February. We are happy to say things are progressing well. Just this past month we provided ongoing training for our new librarians.

As you may know, in July 2015 FAVL held its first, very successful computer literacy and training workshop for girls to write and illustrate their own books. We had planned to conduct a second workshop at the end of January 2016, as Michael discussed in his last progress report. However, we were forced by the library network expansion and staffing changes at FAVL's Ouagadougou headquarters to push back our timeline by a few months. As the FAVL-Burkina team settles down into a more regular routine of managing 34 libraries, we anticipate hiring a director of the Houndé Multimedia Center by the end of April. The new director's responsibilities will include recruiting young women for the second workshop, which we anticipate holding at the end of May. We expect to hold monthly training sessions for groups of six to ten young women until our GlobalGiving project funds are exhausted.

We thank you for helping bring literacy to remote rural villages in Burkina Faso, and would greatly appreciate your continued financial support. Upon completion of the second workshop, we will update the FAVL blog with photos of the new, locally-authored books produced by our young female authors. In the meantime, our ongoing literacy-building activities continue in Tuy province and updates are regularly posted on the FAVL blog.

Young female authors learn to use computers
Young female authors learn to use computers
Using a computer to illustrate a book
Using a computer to illustrate a book

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