Mobile library project has launched and is working
By Michael Kevane - Director, FAVL West Africa
The mobile library project is launched and working. The project target of $6500 was almost reached thanks to a generous donor at the end of 2017 and many other donors who have contributed over the years! In January 2018 books were purchased for the tricycle, with a large selection of children's books, mostly fiction but we are also looking hard for children's non-fiction. In February 2018 the team solicited quotes for purchasing a tricycle motorbike, and a vendor was selected in March 2018 and the motorbike purchased. A local metalworker then built the "kiosk" that goes on the back of the bike. A carepenter built some shelves, and large woven mats were purchased (for kids to sit on while reading). A local graphic artist then painted the kiosk and bike in a vibrant yellow, with some pictures of children reading on it.
The motorbike went out to Kaya town (one hour north of Ouagadougou), in April 2018, and did some test runs. The librarian of Pissila expressed interest in being the mobile librarian. he took a driver's education course, and in May received his official drivers license to drive the motorbike. The final papers for the motorbike purchase also were received and it passed its inspection procedures (yes, a lot of bureaucracy, but that is good, in the end!).
In June and July during summer vacation the motobike has begun to visit various locations in Kaya. At the beginning of the school year in October the motorbike will have a regular run of schools that will be visited once a week. Thanks to all the donors for making this experiment a reality!
Schoolchildren gather around the mobile library
Kaya education leaders learn about mobile library
Mobile library visits mayor's offices
Mobile library visits a school
A school visit
Jul 30, 2018
FAVL continues to promote libraries and reading
By Michael Kevane - Director, FAVL West Africa
Summer reading camp logo
We thank the donors who have contributed to this project in the past several months! Although we have not received enough recent funding for this project to purchase a new set of children's books, we hope to do make a purchase as soon as the balance reaches $100. We regularly purchase books for the libraries.
FAVL continues supporting village libraries and reading in Burkina Faso.This summer 2018 has been very busy with summer reading camps. FAVL organized 20 reading camps, each one lasting one week. 25 schoolchildren are randomly selected to participate. They receive free breakfast and lunch and enjoy a variety of activities. One of the really fun activities is making masks. The children cut out animal masks and color them and attach string so they can wear them. A lot of fun! Kids spent a lot of time reading- individual reading, paired reading, group reading, silent reading, reading aloud! They make a graphic novel together, composing the story and drawing the pictures.
In March and April the libraries organized numerous other activities, including reading clubs, reading contests, and a voluntary "readers are leaders" program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. The Embassy generously donated books to four of the libraries.
FAVL continues to regularly monitor, visit, encourage, train and support 34 village libraries in Burkina Faso. Thank you for your support!
Visit of U.S. ambassador to Boussouma library
Summer reading camp group photo 2018
Small group reading, in summer reading camp
Making masks in summer reading camp
Jul 3, 2018
Two workshops held in May and June 2018
By Michael Kevane - Director, West Africa
June 2018 computer workshop
The Houndé multimedia center is now functioning on a part-time basis, and FAVL staff Nelly Winkhoum and Boulguissa Zongo hosted two small workshops for six students in May and June 2018.
Here is the team report for May (translated from French):
On May 19, 2018, a team of FAVL carried out a mission, with the aim of initiating the girls of Douhoun and Karaba to the computer tool and also checking the functioning of the computers present in the center and making an inventory of books. The team welcomed the girls from Douhoun and Karaba, some of whom were accompanied by their parents. The training took place on the premises of the CMH in the presence of our FAVL focal point in Houndé. It came in addition to the activities of the CMH. The objective of this workshop is to give beginners basic training in computer use, to enable people who know how to manipulate the machine to consolidate their knowledge and to have answers to their various questions. For this first training session, the girls were not only amazed, captivated, but followed the lessons attentively and took notes. During the practical exercises, they were all volunteers to write a word or a sentence through this tool which is the computer.
Here is the team report for June (translated from French):
On Friday, June 8th, a team of FAVL went to Houndé for the second phase of the introduction to the girls computer tool. The workshop was held at the CMH on Saturday 9th from 8.30am to 3pm and Sunday from 8.30am to 10.30am. Through this workshop, girls learned the basics of computer science to use Windows computers. They also learned how to use the keyboard and mouse, how to create Word documents, and how to store them in folders, move and duplicate them. This workshop was closed with an evaluation; and from this evaluation we can deduce satisfactory results. As the CMH is open, they can continue to train and perfect themselves.