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Dec 14, 2016

Update: $200 of books purchased September 2016

books purchased for libraries
books purchased for libraries

Just yesterday we submitted a report on the GlobalGiving project, and in checking the accounts we realized that we *did* purchase $200 worth of children's books for distribution to libraries.  The purchase was mentioned in a FAVL blog post:

http://www.favl.org/blog/archives/2016/09/achat-de-livres-de-jeunesse-pour-les-bibliotheques-de-favl.html

These books will be distributed later this week, since we are planning another $200 purchase tomorrow, and so early next week we will update.  As the photo below makes clear, there is a range of children's books published in West Africa available in the two main bookstores of Ouagadougou, Librarie de la Jeuness and L'Harmattan.  Included in the books purchased are picture books and also young adult short novels.

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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