Thanks to your generous support, Friends of African Libraries has successfully raised the necessary funds to run reading camps this summer for 275 primary school students in Burkina Faso. With the donations from GlobalGiving added to FAVL's other fundraising efforts, we have received over $9,000 with which to carry out the camps, which will run for one to two weeks in each of the eleven villages with a FAVL-managed library.
Because of the success of our fundraising efforts over the past few months, we will be able to offer every student an even greater camp experience this summer than we've been able to offer in the past. Along with a staff of FAVL's activities coordinators and librarians, we will also be able to hire a local teacher to help run each camp, as well as pair each village with a Peace Corps Volunteer who will co-facilitate reading and life skills activities.
Furthermore, we have received a small grant from USAID, administered by the Peace Corps bureau in Ouagadougou, which will allow us to produce a limited-run of books for the camps, which will be geared at teaching nutrition and hygiene lessons to elementary school students and other early readers. Each library hosting a camp will receive two copies of the book to add to their selection of reading materials at the end of the camps.
Thanks again for your generous support and follow the progress of the camps this summer on FAVL's blog at http://www.favl.org/blog