Aug 11, 2017

Still awaiting completion of funding and hiring

Reading in FAVL library Aug. 2017
Reading in FAVL library Aug. 2017

Thanks donors for hanging in there with FAVL!  We are still awaiting hiring of a Houndé multimedia center manager to continue to implement these training and literacy programs.  We just hired two new program officers for our office in Ouagadougou, and that will enable the national team to devote more attention to the libraries in southwestern Burkina Faso where this activity is focused.  A meeting was held in July 2017 with the mayor's office to cooperate more on the two libraries in the Houndé region and the multimedia center.

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
Meeting Hounde July 2017
Meeting Hounde July 2017

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Aug 11, 2017

Waiting for completion of funding to start

Karaba librarian Domboue Hakahoun met Hounde mayor
Karaba librarian Domboue Hakahoun met Hounde mayor

Thanks donors for hanging in there with FAVL!  We are still awaiting hiring of a Houndé multimedia center manager to then implement this mobile book delivery program.  We just hired two new program officers for our office in Ouagadougou, and that will enable the national team to devote more attention to the libraries in southwestern Burkina Faso where this activity is focused.  Meetins were held in July 2017 with various mayor's offices in Tuy province (you can read about them on the blog, in French though) to ensure more cooperation and engagement with library services for the 7 libraries in the area.

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
Summer reading camp tshirt design
Summer reading camp tshirt design
Summer reading camp banner
Summer reading camp banner

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May 12, 2017

Awaiting more funding for project

Children with books in Sumbrungu library, Ghana
Children with books in Sumbrungu library, Ghana

Hello donors and friends of African Village Libraries and reading programs.  We are planning to eventually purchase a motorcycle and trailer for enabling mobile library services.  but at the moment funding target has not yet been met.

Meanwhile, here is an update on FAVL activities in the first quarter of 2017.

In Burkina Faso:

  • FAVL continues with activities to support 34 libraries in the country (20 libraries in the provinces of Bam and Sanmatenga were opened in the beginning of 2016).  
  • Thirteen new books photo books are about to be printed and shipped to Burkina Faso.  One, called "Our Village Hosts a Summer Reading Camp"(in French) is available for purchase now.
  • Summer reading camps are being planned for 25 of the libraries in Burkina Faso.
  • We are hoping to hire a dynamic and creative manager for the Houndé Multimedia Center in coming weeks, to run more outreach and conmputer training activities for young women in the region.

In Ghana:

  • After-school reading programs continue to be held in all three libraries.  These are locally funded programs.
  • Local director Paul Ayutoliya travelled to Accra to purchase books for the three libraries and visit Jordan Nu community library.
  • A new motorcycle was purchased for Paul to enable him to circulate to the three libraries.
  • Lots of readers come regularly to the libraries.  One librarian hosted an essay writing contest, "Why Come to the Library."  Read about it here.


In the United States:

  • FAVL continues to receive great service from two Santa Clara University student interns in 2017.  Maria again leveraged her French skills to produce two more posters about reading (Moroccan authors) that are now on the walls of many of the libraries. Beth has been keeping our Quickbooks accounting system up to date for Ghana. They have both also done a lot of blog post formatting, editing, book production, and all the office tasks that keep us humming. We are really grateful for these contributions


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Short story writing contest winner, Burkina Faso
Short story writing contest winner, Burkina Faso
 
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