Girl-centered books to 60 village libraries

by Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL)
Girl-centered books to 60 village libraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village libraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village libraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village libraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village libraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village libraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village libraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village libraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village libraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village libraries
Children's book author at book fair
Children's book author at book fair

Hello friends,

FAVL staff in Burkina Faso recently attended the biennial book fair, held in Bobo-Dioulasso in the southwest. The fair was fairly small, but there were some vendors, and so FAVL staff purchased about 10 books for distribution in the libraries.  Most of the books were purchased from the publisher Ganndal, from Guinea, and a local publishing house of Burkina Faso writers, MOTS D'ELLES. During the fair, FAVL librarians also leared how to protect book covers with transparent sticky book cover material, and so they are starting to learn how to best apply that to new books and older books.

We have only received modest donations on this project. Rest assured that donations from other sources continue, and FAVL tries to actively support libraries with those funds.

Books purchased
Books purchased
Receipt for books purchased
Receipt for books purchased
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Books purchased
Books purchased

As part of the support for libraries supported by FAVL and the local association "Amis des Bibliothèques de Villages du Burkina Faso / ABVBF", the national coordinator of FAVL Sanou Dounko visited on January 5, 2022, two large bookshops (Jeunesse d'Afrique and Mercury ) which are all located in Ouagadougou. During these visits, he paid for twenty children's books. The works deal with several subjects such as: storytelling, friendship, travel, life in society, fiction, academic success, education, insecurity, the importance of reading, children and law and humor. These books will be delivered to one of the libraries where the manager is dynamic. These books are suitable for young people and will allow users of the said beneficiary library to discover the contents of the works, to share the ideas and opinions of writers.

Sanou Dounko in bookstore
Sanou Dounko in bookstore
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
A guided reading session in Karaba library
A guided reading session in Karaba library

Hello friends! We did not receive donations for this project during the past several months, so no big activities to report. FAVL continues of course to support 38 libraries and a variety of reading programs in Burkina Faso. We look forward to making books purchases later this year, so any spare funds you might have for donations would be much appreciated. We are including several photos taken in August from the libraries. Many are thriving, and see regular readers. So, having a steady stream of new books is important for promoting the joy of reading. We look forward to purchased more girl-centered and women-authored books!

Libraries are not just for reading... crafts too!
Libraries are not just for reading... crafts too!
Readers in Kongoussi library received certificates
Readers in Kongoussi library received certificates
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
The librarian of Sabce with new books
The librarian of Sabce with new books

A very generous donation of several thousand (practically) new childrens books in French from a local FAVL friend meant that we spent $1500 shipping books to Burkina Faso for distribution in the libraries. These children's books include many "girl-friendly" books, which are especially attractive for the libraries. Lots of early-grade chapter books and illustrated books. The team in Burkina Faso has started to distribute books, and will continue to do so in the coming months. if we receive more donations in coming months we shall also do a large purchase from local bookstore in Ouagadougou that carries books by African authors.

Books for library of Rouko
Books for library of Rouko
Books presented to library of Koumbia
Books presented to library of Koumbia
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Readers using the mobile library in a school
Readers using the mobile library in a school

In the past year 2020, FAVL received just over $500 in donations for this project. Most of the funds were received in the last month of December. We thank the many donors!

We are planning then to use these funds to purchase a large selection of books for the mobile library in January. In our next report, we will have photos of the receipts and distribution of the books. Something to look forward to!

On regular library activities, the FAVL blog has been filled in recent months with news of activities from various libraries and programs since October when activities resumed after the end of the Covid19 lockdowns and restrictions. The mobile library in Houndé has been active, delivering reading materials to kids in schools. Librarians in the Tuy region have resumed monthly gatherings. The FAVL representative in Burkina Faso, Sanou Dounko, regularly visits libraries. In October, he held a meeting with several mayors to coordinate efforts to ensure that librarians are hired as “municipal” employees. He met with librarians in three regional meetings in early December. Over in Ghana, CESRUD library coordinator Paul Ayutoliya has overseen the re-roofing and refurbishment of Gowrie-Kunkua library, as the roof blew off in a violent rainstorm in May. The Sumbrungu and Sherigu libraries have been very busy since they reopened. FAVL has also been committing funding to modest renewal of book collections, and locally in Burkina Faso the Ministry of Culture as well as the U.S. Embassy have been supporting the libraries. More news is available on the blog.

The mobile library
The mobile library
Young students drawing during mobile library visit
Young students drawing during mobile library visit
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL)

Location: San Jose, CA - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @FAVLafrica
Project Leader:
Michael Kevane
Co-director, West Africa
San Jose, CA United States
$2,935 raised of $15,000 goal
 
107 donations
$12,065 to go
Donate Now
lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL) has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.