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.
The Girls' Computer Literacy program now has sufficient funds that we will be planning a series of sessions in the coming months, so watch for the next report!
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.
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):
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
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 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 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.
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
Hello donors and friends of African Village Libraries and reading programs. We are planning on a next workshop in our Houndé Multimedia Center in early January, while students are on break.
Meanwhile, here is an update on FAVL activities in 2016 from our annual newsletter.
In Burkina Faso:
20 new libraries in the provinces of Bam and Sanmatenga were opened in the beginning of 2016 as part of a large $450,000 grant from USDA/Catholic Relief Services Beoog Biiga II project. A 21st library opened in the town of Sebba near the border with Niger. The marginalized populations of the Sahel, where life is made increasingly precarious by insecurity and climate change, are very much in need of more investments in education.
A first annual conference was held in Ouagadougou, with 29 librarians from around the country attending.
Four new books were developed, printed and distributed, thanks especially to the efforts of a volunteer university student from U.C. Berkeley.
Summer reading camps were held in 22 libraries. These are amazing opportunities for 4th graders to improve their reading skills and start using their village library.
The staff is working with two libraries (Boni and Ouargaye) that were closed during the political upheavals of 2014 and 2015, and they should reopen soon.
After-school reading programs were organized in all three libraries.
300 books, primarily African novels, Ghanaian children’s books, and some school books, were purchased in Accra, to replenish some of the now very old book collections.
Coordinator Paul Ayutoliya continues to meet with officials to secure more local support for the libraries.
The Uganda Community Libraries Association (UgCLA) held its sixth annual conference in January 2016. The conference was hosted by one of the Association's member libraries, that of Uganda Development Services (UDS) in the eastern town of Kamuli. More than 40 people attended, including representatives of 21 libraries.
Kitengesa Library has hosted visits from classes in local schools. Hundreds of students had the chance to spend class time reading books.
In the United States:
FAVL has received great service from two Santa Clara University student interns in 2016. Maria leveraged her French skills to produce four posters about reading that are now on the walls of many of the libraries. Bethany has been keeping our Quickbooks accounting system up to date. 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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