Jan 5, 2018

Motorbike mobile library will start January 2018!

Salimata in school with
Salimata in school with 'mobile library' Dec 2017

Thanks to a very generous end-or-year donor, the FAVL team in Burkina Faso is now ready to move forward with this project. A tricycle motobike and "cart" will be purchased in Janaury 2018 and an assistant "mobile librarian" hired and trained to operate this project starting in February. We will initiate the project in the small town of Kaya, for logistical reasons, and start the first months of the project delivering library books to schools in the area. As we acquire experience with operating the mobile library we will increasingly target more remote rural villages. We are very excited to implement this project! 

In December the FAVL Burkina Faso team conducted an exercise implementing a mobile library in a local school, with our partner organisation Catholic Relief Services (the joint Beoog Biiga II project established 20 libraries in northern Burkina Faso in 2015, and these libraries continue to be supported). A tricycle was hired, and books and reading activities were carried out in a local school.  Photos below are from the activity in December 2017.

FAVL continues to operate 34 community libraries in Burkina Faso. Our latest December 2017 newsletter is available here.  In the coming months of 2018, we will continue to supply libraries in our network with new books, as fuding permits. We are also producing 16 more photo books for distribution in the libraries.

Aicha in school with
Aicha in school with 'mobile library' Dec 2017
Jan 5, 2018

Awaiting funding, continuing literacy activities

Hounde mayor signs convention Dec 2017
Hounde mayor signs convention Dec 2017

This project has not yet received sufficient funding to be fully implementing. Moreover, we continue to have difficulties recruiting a qualified person to operate the Houndé multimedia center and do the training in the center. A meeting was held in December 2017 with staff from the office of the mayor in Houndé, as we continue to work with them for effective solutions to staffing and operations problems for the two libraries in the Houndé region and the multimedia center.  (See photos below, where the mayor of Houndé signed the convention for partnership for operations of the two libraries.) Thank you for being patient with us.

FAVL continues to operate 34 community libraries in Burkina Faso. Our latest December 2017 newsletter is available here.  In the coming months of 2018, we will continue to supply libraries in our network with new books, as funding permits. We are also producing 16 more photo books for distribution in the libraries.

Aug 11, 2017

Continuing to supply FAVL libraries with books

front cover Sabce cuisinier book
front cover Sabce cuisinier book

Thanks donors for hanging in there with FAVL!  We continue to make lots of efforts to supply the 34 librries in Burkina Faso with new reading materials.  Last month we printed and distributed 15 new photo books.  They mostly feature residents of the village communities where the libraries are located. They can be viewed at our marketplace at fastpencil.com. A couple of covers are included here.  Kids really like these books, and they are written in fairly simple French.

After our last delivery of books in May to Niankorodougou library, we purchased 46 African novels for older readers in the library of Mané (receipt attached).  We have not had a recent purchase of children's books but will do so in the coming months.

Here are some of the highlights of FAVL activities in recent months (you can read more on our blog):

Burkina Faso

  • Summer reading camps held in 22 villages (June and July 2017)
  • 15 photos books printed and distributed (these feature people in local communities where libraries are located)
  • Two new program officers hired and trained
  • Mayors in 22 village sites held meetings with FAVL representative to ensure payment of librarian salaries
  • A typical library receives 200 visits a month

Ghana

  • After school reading program initiated August 2017
  • Coordinator Paul Ayutoliya visited libraries in Accra and purchased 115 books for Sumbrungu, Sherigu and Kunkua libraries
  • Libraries receive several thousand visits each month

Uganda

  • Uganda Community Libraries Association held in August 2017 its annual conference
  • Kitengesa Library is thriving
  • Interns from Douglas College in Canada volunteered in community libraries
front cover Yaaba book
front cover Yaaba book
Photo books for Mane
Photo books for Mane

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