Jan 5, 2018

Continuing with resupply of books to libraries

Books paid for Bougounam Nov. 2017
Books paid for Bougounam Nov. 2017

Thanks donors for your regular commitment to this project. Thanks to your donations and to other FAVL donors, we have been able to do two book purchases in the last few months. In November, 150,000 FCFA (about $100) were spent on childrens books that were distributed to libraries in northern Burkina Faso provinces of Bam and Sanmatenga. In December 150,000 FCFA (about $300) was spent on purchases of books for Bougounam community library also in northern Burkina Faso. Receipt and photo of books for the Bougounam library purchase are below. Receitp for November will be posted later this week.

FAVL continues to operate 34 community libraries in Burkina Faso. Our latest December 2017 newsletter is available here.  In the coming months of 2018, we will continue to supply libraries in our network with new books, as fuding permits. We are also producing 16 more photo books for distribution in the libraries.

Bougounam library readers and librarian
Bougounam library readers and librarian

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Jan 5, 2018

Motorbike mobile library will start January 2018!

Salimata in school with 'mobile library' Dec 2017
Salimata in school with 'mobile library' Dec 2017

Thanks to a very generous end-or-year donor, the FAVL team in Burkina Faso is now ready to move forward with this project. A tricycle motobike and "cart" will be purchased in Janaury 2018 and an assistant "mobile librarian" hired and trained to operate this project starting in February. We will initiate the project in the small town of Kaya, for logistical reasons, and start the first months of the project delivering library books to schools in the area. As we acquire experience with operating the mobile library we will increasingly target more remote rural villages. We are very excited to implement this project! 

In December the FAVL Burkina Faso team conducted an exercise implementing a mobile library in a local school, with our partner organisation Catholic Relief Services (the joint Beoog Biiga II project established 20 libraries in northern Burkina Faso in 2015, and these libraries continue to be supported). A tricycle was hired, and books and reading activities were carried out in a local school.  Photos below are from the activity in December 2017.

FAVL continues to operate 34 community libraries in Burkina Faso. Our latest December 2017 newsletter is available here.  In the coming months of 2018, we will continue to supply libraries in our network with new books, as fuding permits. We are also producing 16 more photo books for distribution in the libraries.

Aicha in school with 'mobile library' Dec 2017
Aicha in school with 'mobile library' Dec 2017
Jan 5, 2018

Awaiting funding, continuing literacy activities

Hounde mayor signs convention Dec 2017
Hounde mayor signs convention Dec 2017

This project has not yet received sufficient funding to be fully implementing. Moreover, we continue to have difficulties recruiting a qualified person to operate the Houndé multimedia center and do the training in the center. A meeting was held in December 2017 with staff from the office of the mayor in Houndé, as we continue to work with them for effective solutions to staffing and operations problems for the two libraries in the Houndé region and the multimedia center.  (See photos below, where the mayor of Houndé signed the convention for partnership for operations of the two libraries.) Thank you for being patient with us.

FAVL continues to operate 34 community libraries in Burkina Faso. Our latest December 2017 newsletter is available here.  In the coming months of 2018, we will continue to supply libraries in our network with new books, as funding permits. We are also producing 16 more photo books for distribution in the libraries.

 
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