Meeting with Fatou Keita at Annual Ouaga Book Fair
Generous donations here on GlobalGiving will allow us to purchase 70 Fatou Keïta books for 13 village libraries in Burkina Faso. That means that each library will get at least 5 new colorful and culturally relevant picture books. We will be purchasing the books locally and distributing them to the libraries in the coming weeks.
Books by Ivorian author, Fatou Keïta, are great for elementary school-aged children who live in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Each page features a few sentences of developmentally appropriate French as well as a large colorful image that goes along with it. The characters and situations are taken right from village life, so kids want to read more because they relate easily to the characters and situations. Seeing characters like them in books encourages kids to read more and developing important reading skills which are essential to academic success.
We're excited to purchase the 70 new Fatou Keïta books in the next couple of weeks and distribute them to village libraries here in Burkina. We know the kids are excited to read them and will be thrilled to see more copies of their favorite books at the community library.
Thanks to generous donors, we have some start-up funds for buying a computer and helping girls to create their own books. We still need more help if we're going to be able to purchase a computer. The goals of the project is to train local high school girls in the town of Houndé in computer literacy and have them collaborate with local storytellers and health clinic staff to produce books in French and local language. The topics of the books will target girls and women and be both fiction and non-fiction. The girls will gain valuable computer and writing skills. The books will be distributed to village libraries in the Houndé area, and will be used by librarians to organize literacy activities for local woman.
So far, the Mobile Library project has received $112 dollars. Thanks to our generous donors, we will be able to buy 20 picture books for children and novels for adults for the mobile library. The books will be very much appreciated by the residents of villages where they do not have regular access to reading materials. Once we buy the books, we will be able to transport them by bicycle to certain villages, but we still need more funds to be able to buy the motorbike and pay the salary of a driver. The motorbike, which has a cart attached to the back, will facilitate the task of traveling long distances over various types of terrain and delivering books to more remote villages. We look forward to beginning the project, and thank our generous donors for their help in providing reading materials to those who do not have regular access.