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 22, 2015

FAVL Update: Girls' Computer Literacy Project on GlobalGiving

Girls Use Technology & Books to Learn about Health
Girls Use Technology & Books to Learn about Health

Dear FAVL supporters,

FAVL’s multi-media center in Houndé, Burkina Faso, produces inexpensive, high-quality, culturally relevant books that are written and illustrated by local authors, storytellers, illustrators and photographers.  To date, you and other generous GlobalGiving donors have contributed $2575 (roughly 45 percent of our funding needs) for the Girls’ Computer Literacy and Leadership Project, which provides 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 publish their own books.  Our project’s goals also include building these young women’s self-confidence to help them in their future professional careers.  We need to raise at least another $2,000 to be able to purchase the computers, benches and work tables necessary for implementing the computer-skills aspect of the project with area young women.

In the meantime, we are still utilizing the resources of the Houndé center, in cooperation with the local FAVL team and local authors, to produce timely and relevant books for the community. La Grève des Bozo is the most recently published of the center's locally produced book. In the fall, we published an important Ebola information pamphlet, Parlons du virus l'Ebola, to provide critical health information to our library patrons and the girls participating in our health literacy reading clubs.  

We are also progressing on a complementary girl-focused literacy project. Our pilot girls’ health literacy reading club project, funded by EIFL, allowed five FAVL libraries to purchase six smartphones apiece for a health literacy-focused reading club of ten young women in each library.  The project is flourishing. The participants meet regularly to discuss vital health information, including malaria prevention, reducing infectious disease transmission, and family planning.  Participants are writing and illustrating their own books, on a health topic of their choosing, which FAVL will publish at the Houndé center to distribute to our member libraries as well as the wider community.

We are grateful for your past support of and faith in FAVL's Girls' Computer Literacy and Leadership Project.  We respectfully ask for your continued financial support so can really get the computer-skills aspect of the program rolling at the Houndé multimedia center!

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Mar 16, 2015

Fatou Keita Books See Heavy Use in FAVL Libraries

Reading Fatou Keita in Ouargaye
Reading Fatou Keita in Ouargaye

As we mentioned in our last project report, FAVL staff used your generous contributions to purchase 80 Fatou Keita books in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in late July, in time for FAVL's summer reading camps and for our other youth patrons to have access to the series over summer vacation. (Please see the October 2014 report for library allocation spreadsheet and purchase receipt.) FAVL's Activities Coordinator, Alidou Boué, brought back 6 books apiece for each of the 7 libraries in Tuy province, as well as FAVL's libraries in northern Burkina Faso (Ouargaye, Béléhédé, Pobé-Mengao, Bougounam and Kiembara).

In keeping with our project goal of providing access to African-authored books to our library patrons, Dounko Sanou, FAVL's Burkina Faso representative, last week distributed another $150 worth of African authored children's books, with a heavy emphasis on the Fatou Keita series, to the libraries in the southwest of Burkina Faso.  (See FAVL blog link below.) 

As our ongoing donors know well, Fatou Keita is the Ivoirian author of a wildly popular series of children's picture books. Her titles include Le Retour de la Voleuse des SouriresLe Coq Qui Ne Voulait Plus ChanterSinabani, La Petite Dernière, and Le Boubou du Père Noël. The stories are set in familiar rural African village settings and reflect the readers' daily life experiences.  Each page features a large, colorful illustration with a few lines of text, perfect for the young or emergent reader. Even younger pre-literate children enjoy turning the pages of Fatou Keita's books and marveling at the lively illustrations.

The over 100 new books purchased with the monies raised by this project are being much enjoyed by children visiting FAVL's libraries, and librarians often feature the volumes during storytime!

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Oct 29, 2014

Getting Started on FAVL's Girls' Computer Literacy & Leadership Project

Ebola health pamphlets produced at Hounde center
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
Gearing up for girls' health reading clubs

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