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' health reading clubs