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Apr 17, 2018

Lots of activities at FAVL Burkina Faso in 2018

New photo books on display Sebba Library
New photo books on display Sebba Library

What is new at FAVL-Burkina Faso?

  • Fifteen new photos books were printed and delivered in March 2018 to most of the libraries that we support in Burkina Faso. Picture of the books on the booksehelf in Sebba Library is below.
  • Libraries received 20 copies of a kid’s magazine called Kidzymag that is filled with short stories and fun games for kids to play.
  • Many libraries received donations of books; one of the gratifying things about working with libraries is to see how many “friends” are out there willing to support reading.
  • Libraries held their regularly scheduled monthly meetings in March- on the agenda are two reading contests being held in some of the libraries – one supported by the US Embassy, the other by Catholic Relief Services.
  • Our new Biblio-Mobile-Penelope moto-tricycle service is moving along (photo below) and will be ready to operate soon.
  • The Multimedia Center in Hounde has been producing many books this year- sixteen Kikirou stories in the Fall 2017, and six more children’s books written and illustrated by people from Tuy Province. The illustrator Robert Bazoum (below) is doing a spectacular job).
  • FAVL Director Michael Kevane met with Stanislas Ouanré, Minister of Education, in March 2018 to see about possible collaboration for establishing more libraries.
  • Lots more going on every day; read our blog for more information.
New books for the library
New books for the library
Reading club members in library in Burkina
Reading club members in library in Burkina
Jan 5, 2018

Continuing with resupply of books to libraries

Books paid for Bougounam Nov. 2017
Books paid for Bougounam Nov. 2017

Thanks donors for your regular commitment to this project. Thanks to your donations and to other FAVL donors, we have been able to do two book purchases in the last few months. In November, 150,000 FCFA (about $100) were spent on childrens books that were distributed to libraries in northern Burkina Faso provinces of Bam and Sanmatenga. In December 150,000 FCFA (about $300) was spent on purchases of books for Bougounam community library also in northern Burkina Faso. Receipt and photo of books for the Bougounam library purchase are below. Receitp for November will be posted later this week.

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.

Bougounam library readers and librarian
Bougounam library readers and librarian

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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
 
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