The following is an e-postcard from Kai Iizuka, a GlobalGiving Representative in Zambia.
Located in the corner of the compound, the library is housed in a small but tidy building, and despite its size, boasts an impressive number of books, twenty laptops and wireless internet. Available to all community members of Chikumbuso, it serves a vital function as a source for information, internet use, learning and the simple appreciation books. During my visit, there was a group of about six children sitting in the back corner who told me they come there a lot to read and hang out with friends.
The librarians Anna and Beverly explained to me how this two year old library also offers classes on how to use computers, with free lessons offered from 14:00 till 17:00 every day as well as for school classes where other community members are welcome to attend and watch. The classes are taught by Beverly, an IT student herself, and she told me how she was teaching all the basics used every day like e-mails and using Microsoft Word. Later on, they will be moving on to learn how to use Excel. Though the internet isn’t the greatest, these donated computers greatly improve the amount of information that the community members can access.