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.
Oct 28, 2014

Popular Fatou Keita Books Sent to FAVL Libraries

Fatou Keita books purchased
Fatou Keita books purchased

FAVL's Burkina staff used your generous contributions to purchase 80 Fatou Keita books at a local Ouagadougou bookstore in late July (receipt above). That's 6 new books for each village library in Burkina Faso! (See attached spreadsheet.) FAVL's Activities Coordinator, Alidou Boué, brought back books to distribute to the 7 libraries in Tuy province, as well as FAVL's libraries in northern Burkina Faso (Ouargaye, Béléhédé, Pobé-Mengao, Bougounam and Kiembara).  It was wonderful to have new, colorful, and appealing books over the Burkinabé summer vacation.  The Fatou Keita books saw heavy use at the summer reading camps held at our village libraries in Béréba, Kiembara, Niankorodougou, and Pobé-Mengao. The children were thrilled to have the new books.

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 African settings, and each page features a large, colorful illustration with a few lines of text. The books are adapted to and reflect the lived experience of African village life, and are written at the primary school reading level to encourage emerging readers. Even younger children who can't yet read enjoy turning the pages of the books and marveling at the illustrations.

The 80 new books are being much enjoyed by children visiting FAVL's libraries, and librarians often feature the volumes during storytime!

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Aug 13, 2014

Almost Ready to get Girl's Computer Literacy and Leadership Program Started!!

FAVL Multimedia Center Hounde
FAVL Multimedia Center Hounde

Thanks to generous donations from the Mother's Day GlobalGiving Bonus Challenge, we have raised over $2000 for the Computer Literacy and Leadership Program. That's enough money to buy 3 computers out of the 5 we budgeted for! We're well on our way to getting the program set up for local girls to computer literacy skills as well as new technical skills such as research, writing, drawing and photographing as well as self-confidence which will help them in their future job searches. Once we are able to buy the 5 computers, benches and tables, we can get the program started at the already-existing multimedia center while we wait for additional funds for the rest of the supplies (paper, ink, etc.) to print the books.

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Jun 25, 2014

New Fatou Keita Books Just in Time for Summer Vacation

Kids Reading Fatou Keita Books at Bereba Library
Kids Reading Fatou Keita Books at Bereba Library

We now have enough money to buy about 80 Fatou Keita books at bookstores here in Ouaga. That's 6 new books per village library in Burkina Faso! When FAVL's Activities Coordinator, Alidou Boué, is in Ouaga next week, we're going to purchase the books and he's going to bring him back books to distribute to the 7 libraries in his region. Now that it's summer vacation, we're excited to have some new and colorful books. We're also holding summer reading camps at some of the libraries, so the kids will be glad to see the new books.

As I've said before, "Fatou Keita" books are children's picture books written by Ivorian author, Fatou Keita. Titles include La Voleuse des Sourires, Le Coq Qui Ne Voulait Plus Chanter, Sinabani, La Petite Dernière, Le Billet de 10000 F. The stories are set in familiar African settings, and each page features a large, colorful illustration with a few lines of text. The books are really adapted to African life and the primary school reading level. Even younger children who can't yet read enjoy flipping through them and marveling at the illustrations.

The 80 new books will be very much enjoyed by children visiting the libraries, and librarians looking for new books to feature during storytime!

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