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Girl-centered books to 60 village lLibraries

by Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL)
Girl-centered books to 60 village lLibraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village lLibraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village lLibraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village lLibraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village lLibraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village lLibraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village lLibraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village lLibraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village lLibraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village lLibraries
New books for the library
New books for the library

Attached are photos from most recent book purchase (November 2019), for the library in Niankorodougou, in southwestern Burkina Faso. The library is well-supported by the office of the mayor and rural council.

Some brief updates about other library support: The Kitengesa library in Uganda continues to thrive. This year a health reading camp was held for adult women, focusing on women’s cancer. Another reading camp was held for teenagers, and a further women’s reading camp is planned for later in the year. The Kitengesa Library Band continues to practice and perform.

In Burkina Faso, we are currently supporting 34 community libraries. Terrorist activity in northern Burkina Faso unfortunately has meant that four libraries are temporarily closed due to danger (schools and administrative buildings are targets.) For the libraries that are open, we continue to do the best we can to provide regular assistance to mayors and rural councils in managing the libraries, supply select libraries with new books, train librarians, and offer salary support for some of the librarians. Our Burkina team continues to produce photos books for young readers as well as books written by young people and illustrated with local illustrators.

In Ghana, our able partner organization CESRUD and the library coordinator continue to manage the three libraries of Sumbrungu, Gowrie-Kunkua, and Sherigu. These libraries regularly receive 30 or more visits a day- about 1,000 visits each month. They are open for night reading, as they are now connected to electricity. Donors this year helped fix the fans (it gets to 110 degrees during the day!). After school reading programs were held in September and are planned for this summer. All three libraries received several hundred new books over the course of the year thanks to support from Biblionef Ghana and the Ghana Book Trust.

Updates and lots of photos from all three countries are regularly posted to the FAVL blog.

A reader in Niankorodougou library
A reader in Niankorodougou library

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Reading in the new Koho library, October 2019
Reading in the new Koho library, October 2019

We are grateful to donors to this project over the past several months. As noted in the July report, we spend donations as they come in, once we get to about $100 of new donations.  We are still not there yet, so we have currently not purchased books specifically for this project.

Late August 2019 did see the opening of a new library in Koho, in southerwestern Burkina Faso. This new library has an initial stock of about 300 books, mostly children's books purchased locally in Ouagadougou. We hope that in the coming months we can continue to purchase books for the library, which is already seeing good usage,

Another view of Koho library October 2019
Another view of Koho library October 2019
Talk with kids in Koho school about the library
Talk with kids in Koho school about the library
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Receipt for $75 worth of books
Receipt for $75 worth of books

In our report last week we noted we would be purchasing books for the re-opened Koumbia library in August. We jumped the gun, and purchased the books yesterday (see photos). The Burkina Faso FAVL coordinator is going down to the southwest to visit some of the libraries, so we are taking advantage of that trip.

In other news, the multimedia center in Houndé has produced two more children's books. These are written by students in the Houndé region and illustrated by a telented teacher in the town. The current stories are about young women dealing with pressure for early marriage, and a book about women's activities in the villages. Visit the FAVL website for more information.

The books purchased to de distributed to Koumbia
The books purchased to de distributed to Koumbia
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Reading group in Koumbia library
Reading group in Koumbia library

We are grateful to the donors for this project. We anticipate that in August we will go to the local bookstores in Ouagadougou and purchase about $100 worth of books, to be supplied to the recently re-opened library of Koumbia in southwestern Burkina Faso.

In other FAVL news:

The Kitengesa library in Uganda continues to thrive. This year a health reading camp was held for adult women, focusing on women’s cancer.  Another reading camp was held for teenagers, and a further women’s reading camp is planned for later in the year. The Kitengesa Library Band continues to practice and perform.

In Burkina Faso, we continue to support 34 community libraries. Terrorist activity in northern Burkina Faso unfortunately has meant that four libraries are temporarily closed due to danger (schools and administrative buildings are targets.)  For the libraries that are open, we continue to do the best we can to provide regular assistance to mayors and rural councils in managing the libraries, supply select libraries with new books, train librarians, and offer salary support for some of the librarians. We completed 22 summer reading camps last summer 2018, serving more than 550 4th and 5th graders. The 25 kids selected for each camp got a big injection of age-appropriate books, learned many new games, discussed hygiene tips, and made masks and comic books. We hope that many of them will become life-long readers.

In Ghana, our able partner organization CESRUD and its library coordinatorcontinue to manage the three libraries of Sumbrungu, Gowrie-Kunkua, and Sherigu. These libraries regularly receive 30+ visits a day. They are open for night reading, as they are now connected to electricity. Donors this year helped fix the fans (it gets to 110 degrees during the day!). After school reading programs were held in September and are planned for this summer. All three libraries received several hundred new books over the course of the year thanks to support from Biblionef Ghana.

Updates and lots of photos from all three countries are regularly posted to the FAVL blog.

Reading group in Koumbia library - 2
Reading group in Koumbia library - 2
Discussing book in Koumbia library
Discussing book in Koumbia library
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Tiaho at book kiosk
Tiaho at book kiosk

Over the past several months we have received $50 towards this project (thank you donors!) so we purchased a selection of 17 novels by African authors.  These novels are among the most popular books in the other libraries we support.

The books are intended for a new library in the village of Koho in southwestern Burkina Faso.The Koho community library is a collaborative project between the community of Koho, the mining company HGO, and the mayor's office of the commune of Houndé. A generous donor funded the bulk of the project, and the Houndé Gold Operations company, together with the Kogo community, have agreed to allow a meeting hall that was constructed last year to be the site of the library. Negotiating agreements among the partners has been time-consuming, but we are looking forward to the library opening in May. These books will be part of the collection.

We continue to support 34 libraries in Burkina Faso, 3 in northern Ghana, and the Kitengesa Community Library in Uganda.

Books purchased
Books purchased
Receipt books purchases
Receipt books purchases
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Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL)

Location: San Jose, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Michael Kevane
Co-director, West Africa
San Jose, CA United States
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