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
Sample of books purchased Sept 2018
Sample of books purchased Sept 2018

In September 2018, FAVL director Michael Kevane spent two weeks working with FAVL-BF staff. As part of the trip, children's books (about $70 worth) were purchased using the funds from GlobalGiving donations. These books were then distributed to libraries and are now available for reading.

What is new at FAVL Burkina Faso?

  • We have received a generous donation to work with the village of Koho to help start a library to honor the memory of the donor's beloved godmother, Clarice Weiniger. The mayor of Houndé (the rural commune in which Koho is located) has received our initial proposal and budget estimate. He and his staff, and councilors from the Koho community, will talk with the director of the gold mine that operates near Koho and which is a partner for many village projects. The Rural Council's budget session was Monday, November 20th. They were supposed to have discussed the project at that time. We have not heard back from them yet.
  • We are proceeding to re-open the community library in Ouargaye. The mayor has been unwilling to establish a budget line for a staff person to be the librarian, preferring instead to use a succession of interns, national service personnel, or "volunteers" (often someone from the community who has finished secondaray school and wants some professional work experience, expecting to receive informal cash payments from the office of the mayor). Such a volunteer has now been recruited by the mayor, and will be trained by FAVL-BF staff in the coming months.
  • The FAVL-BF staff visited the library of Niankorodougou in the far south of Burkina Faso. Everything was operating normally and the librarian is paid regularly from the mayor's office. They have started a reading club!
  • The FAVL-BF team is continuing conversations with CENALAC, the government library support organisation. CENALAC has been allocated a budget of 500,000 FCFA per library (about $1000) per year for supporting library operations. They are not transparent how they spend those funds, however. We would like the 34 FAVL-supported libraries to become part of that network and be recognized as community libraries by CENALAC. The new director of CENLAC was open to the idea but pessimistic that the government would increase funding.
  • The Hounde multimedia center (FAVL-BF local book production unit) has produced a new series authored by Koura Sylvie:
    Békila va à l’école, Békila fête la fin de la saison pluvieuse, Békila voyage, Le retour de Békila du village, and Békila apprend le lavage des mains. Sylvie also really likes reading the Harry Potter series!
Receipt (~$70) for books purchased Sept 2018
Receipt (~$70) for books purchased Sept 2018
FAVL-BF staff and librarian and young reader
FAVL-BF staff and librarian and young reader
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Summer reading camp logo
Summer reading camp logo

We thank the donors who have contributed to this project in the past several months! Although we have not received enough recent funding for this project to purchase a new set of children's books, we hope to do make a purchase as soon as the balance reaches $100. We regularly purchase books for the libraries.

FAVL continues supporting village libraries and reading in Burkina Faso.This summer 2018 has been very busy with summer reading camps. FAVL organized 20 reading camps, each one lasting one week. 25 schoolchildren are randomly selected to participate. They receive free breakfast and lunch and enjoy a variety of activities. One of the really fun activities is making masks. The children cut out animal masks and color them and attach string so they can wear them. A lot of fun!  Kids spent a lot of time reading- individual reading, paired reading, group reading, silent reading, reading aloud!   They make a graphic novel together, composing the story and drawing the pictures.

In March and April the libraries organized numerous other activities, including reading clubs, reading contests, and a voluntary "readers are leaders" program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy.  The Embassy generously donated books to four of the libraries.

FAVL continues to regularly monitor, visit, encourage, train and support 34 village libraries in Burkina Faso.  Thank you for your support!

Visit of U.S. ambassador to Boussouma library
Visit of U.S. ambassador to Boussouma library
Summer reading camp group photo 2018
Summer reading camp group photo 2018
Small group reading, in summer reading camp
Small group reading, in summer reading camp
Making masks in summer reading camp
Making masks in summer reading camp
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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
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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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front cover Sabce cuisinier book
front cover Sabce cuisinier book

Thanks donors for hanging in there with FAVL!  We continue to make lots of efforts to supply the 34 librries in Burkina Faso with new reading materials.  Last month we printed and distributed 15 new photo books.  They mostly feature residents of the village communities where the libraries are located. They can be viewed at our marketplace at fastpencil.com. A couple of covers are included here.  Kids really like these books, and they are written in fairly simple French.

After our last delivery of books in May to Niankorodougou library, we purchased 46 African novels for older readers in the library of Mané (receipt attached).  We have not had a recent purchase of children's books but will do so in the coming months.

Here are some of the highlights of FAVL activities in recent months (you can read more on our blog):

Burkina Faso

  • 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

Ghana

  • 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

  • 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
front cover Yaaba book
front cover Yaaba book
Photo books for Mane
Photo books for Mane

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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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