Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL)

Friends of African Village Libraries is committed to long-term management of and support for small community libraries in rural Africa. Our goal is to establish long-term relationships with community libraries, rather than provide an initial donation and move on to another village. We believe that every child and adult should have the opportunity to pick up a book and read, so we are dedicated to increasing access to reading material and other information in rural villages in sub-Saharan Africa.
Apr 11, 2016

Fatou Keita Books Wildly Popular at FAVL libraries

Young reader of Fatou Keita
Young reader of Fatou Keita

Dear FAVL supporters,

Thanks to the incredibly generous support of GlobalGiving donors like you, we announce that last month we met the original project goal of providing complete sets of the Fatou Keïta book series to our original thirteen village libraries in Burkina Faso! Thank you so much for helping make our vision of providing culturally relevant books to our young FAVL patrons a reality.  As you can see from the photos below, the books are hugely popular with our readers.

I am pleased to report that the project remains open.  Indeed, we have expanded our goal to provide a complete series of Fatou Keïta books to ten of FAVL's new libraries in the northern Burkina provinces of Bam and Sanmatenga! FAVL is fortunate to have already received $160 out of the additional $750 needed to purchase these new books. 

I thank you again for your generous support of literacy and reading in West Africa. FAVL relies on the continued support of kind donors like you.

Child reads Fatou Keita in FAVL library
Child reads Fatou Keita in FAVL library
Smiling reader of Fatou Keita, Feb 2016
Smiling reader of Fatou Keita, Feb 2016
Reading Fatou Keita outside FAVL library
Reading Fatou Keita outside FAVL library

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Jan 12, 2016

Will be conducting 2nd workshop late January 2016

Greetings supporters of FAVL activities in Burkina Faso.  This project is still open, and we have received about $2500 out of the $5500 goal.  We conducted one successful workshop in July 2015. Our second workshop is planned for late January 2016.  We will update with photos immediately afterwards.  Our activities in Tuy province continue and updates are available on the FAVL blog. 

This year 2015 has been extraordinarily busy for FAVL. In Burkina Faso, we embarked on a four year project to establish and support 20 libraries in two northern provinces. Most of the “FAVL time” of West Africa director Michael Kevane has been spent on helping the Ouagadougou office implement this project (as you may know he also has a full-time job as a university professor of Economics). We are happy to say thing are progressing well. Just this week we have done the training for 17 of the new librarians. Each commune has donated a building, which has been refurbished. Books and furniture have been ordered and delivered. We will be opening the libraries in early January 2016. Private donors have also supported another library in Sebba, so soon there will be 21 new libraries supported by FAVL in Burkina Faso.                                                                                

In Uganda, likewise, FAVL East Africa director Kate Parry has been busy (on top of her job as university professor of English). The Kitengesa Library Band (!) has already given several public performances, following generous donations of recordings of traditional Ugandan music and also of musical instruments. Kitengesa Community Library has submitted a proposal to the Yunus Social Business Foundation (created by Nobel Prize winner Mohammed Yunus) for building a guest house that would host volunteers and interns as well as researchers and tourists. This initiative would help raise revenues for the library. The Uganda Community Library Association, which FAVL supports, is preparing its upcoming annual conference in January. Interns from Douglas College in British Colombia this summer toured many UgCLA member libraries and posted descriptions to the UgCLA Facebook page. Do visit and “like” them!

Jan 12, 2016

Will be purchasing books soon with remaining funds

Greetings supporters of FAVL activities in Burkina Faso.  This project is still open, and thanks to your support we reached the fundraising goal.  Our team went to the two bookstores in Ouagadougou to purchase Fatou Keita books, but unfortunately the bookstores did not have much in stock. So the bookstore L'Harmattan Burkina has ordered more, and as soon as the books arrive they will be purchased and distributed to libraries.  We hope to report, with pictures, in late January or February 2016.

This year 2015 has been extraordinarily busy for FAVL. In Burkina Faso, we embarked on a four year project to establish and support 20 libraries in two northern provinces. Most of the “FAVL time” of West Africa director Michael Kevane has been spent on helping the Ouagadougou office implement this project (as you may know he also has a full-time job as a university professor of Economics). We are happy to say thing are progressing well. Just this week we have done the training for 17 of the new librarians. Each commune has donated a building, which has been refurbished. Books and furniture have been ordered and delivered. We will be opening the libraries in early January 2016. Private donors have also supported another library in Sebba, so soon there will be 21 new libraries supported by FAVL in Burkina Faso.                                                                                

In Uganda, likewise, FAVL East Africa director Kate Parry has been busy (on top of her job as university professor of English). The Kitengesa Library Band (!) has already given several public performances, following generous donations of recordings of traditional Ugandan music and also of musical instruments. Kitengesa Community Library has submitted a proposal to the Yunus Social Business Foundation (created by Nobel Prize winner Mohammed Yunus) for building a guest house that would host volunteers and interns as well as researchers and tourists. This initiative would help raise revenues for the library. The Uganda Community Library Association, which FAVL supports, is preparing its upcoming annual conference in January. Interns from Douglas College in British Colombia this summer toured many UgCLA member libraries and posted descriptions to the UgCLA Facebook page. Do visit and “like” them!

 
   

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