Bring 15 Fatou Keita Books to 23 Village Libraries

by Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL)

We have now received $210 out of the $750 program goal.  FAVL director Michael Kevane was visiting some of the libraries in Burkina Faso from Aug. 27-Sept 9.  He held meetings with all of the librarians.  The Fatou Keita books continue to be among the most popular books in the library.  One librarian mentioned Fatou Cache Ses Dents, a sweet story about a girl named Fatou who lost her front teeth and was embarrassed, but soon learned from her friends that losing her teeth was natural!

This week (Sept 13) the FAVL team in Ouagadougou will be purchasing $200 worth of children's books (including books by Fatou keita of course) for the libraries.  We will report on the distribution soon!

Boussouma library
Boussouma library
reading in kaya
reading in kaya


Young reader of Fatou Keita
Young reader of Fatou Keita

Dear FAVL supporters,

Thanks to the incredibly generous support of GlobalGiving donors like you, we announce that last month we met the original project goal of providing complete sets of the Fatou Keïta book series to our original thirteen village libraries in Burkina Faso! Thank you so much for helping make our vision of providing culturally relevant books to our young FAVL patrons a reality.  As you can see from the photos below, the books are hugely popular with our readers.

I am pleased to report that the project remains open.  Indeed, we have expanded our goal to provide a complete series of Fatou Keïta books to ten of FAVL's new libraries in the northern Burkina provinces of Bam and Sanmatenga! FAVL is fortunate to have already received $160 out of the additional $750 needed to purchase these new books. 

I thank you again for your generous support of literacy and reading in West Africa. FAVL relies on the continued support of kind donors like you.

Child reads Fatou Keita in FAVL library
Child reads Fatou Keita in FAVL library
Smiling reader of Fatou Keita, Feb 2016
Smiling reader of Fatou Keita, Feb 2016
Reading Fatou Keita outside FAVL library
Reading Fatou Keita outside FAVL library


Greetings supporters of FAVL activities in Burkina Faso.  This project is still open, and thanks to your support we reached the fundraising goal.  Our team went to the two bookstores in Ouagadougou to purchase Fatou Keita books, but unfortunately the bookstores did not have much in stock. So the bookstore L'Harmattan Burkina has ordered more, and as soon as the books arrive they will be purchased and distributed to libraries.  We hope to report, with pictures, in late January or February 2016.

This year 2015 has been extraordinarily busy for FAVL. In Burkina Faso, we embarked on a four year project to establish and support 20 libraries in two northern provinces. Most of the “FAVL time” of West Africa director Michael Kevane has been spent on helping the Ouagadougou office implement this project (as you may know he also has a full-time job as a university professor of Economics). We are happy to say thing are progressing well. Just this week we have done the training for 17 of the new librarians. Each commune has donated a building, which has been refurbished. Books and furniture have been ordered and delivered. We will be opening the libraries in early January 2016. Private donors have also supported another library in Sebba, so soon there will be 21 new libraries supported by FAVL in Burkina Faso.                                                                                

In Uganda, likewise, FAVL East Africa director Kate Parry has been busy (on top of her job as university professor of English). The Kitengesa Library Band (!) has already given several public performances, following generous donations of recordings of traditional Ugandan music and also of musical instruments. Kitengesa Community Library has submitted a proposal to the Yunus Social Business Foundation (created by Nobel Prize winner Mohammed Yunus) for building a guest house that would host volunteers and interns as well as researchers and tourists. This initiative would help raise revenues for the library. The Uganda Community Library Association, which FAVL supports, is preparing its upcoming annual conference in January. Interns from Douglas College in British Colombia this summer toured many UgCLA member libraries and posted descriptions to the UgCLA Facebook page. Do visit and “like” them!

Fatou Keita Books
Fatou Keita Books

Thanks to the generous donations of our GlobalGiving supporters, FAVL has purchased approximately $700 worth of the wildly-popular children's book series, written by Ivorian author Fatou Keïta, for our Burkina Faso libraries.  Please see our earlier project reports for book purchase receipts, updates on the popularity of her books with our library patrons, and to check out a photo of the famous author herself! 

The current balance for this project is only $60.  We require further funding to purchase additional copies of the book series for even more FAVL libraries.

Meanwhile, FAVL activities continue apace in Burkina Faso.  FAVL is engaged in a major project called Beoog Biiga II to establish 20 community libraries in northern Burkina Faso, funded by USDA in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services.  The libraries are scheduled to open by the end of this year, and Fatou Keïta books will be prominently displayed in the libraries.  Why?  Because her books are exactly what kids want to read:  the stories are simple, but lively, and relevant to the daydreams of a child living in a remote West African village.  The drawings are also nicely done, as you can see from the book covers pictured above.  

The budget for the Beoog Biiga II project is sufficient to provide every one of the 20 new libraries with the Fatou Keïta book series.  But the children patronizing our other 13 FAVL libraries would like to have access to even more Fatou Keïta books, too, so we encourage you to donate to this project.

Thank you for your support of access to reading materials and literacy in West Africa!


Reading children
Reading children's books in Karaba library 2015

FAVL has purchased approximtely $700 worth of children's books for libraries in Burkina Faso thanks to generous donations. See earlier reports for receipts and updates.

The balance for this project currently is only $20.  We are awaiting further funding to move ahead.  

Meanwhile, FAVL activities continue in Burkina Faso, with a large project called Beoog Biiga II to establish 20 community libraries in northern Burkina Faso, funded by USDA in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services.  The libraries are scheduled to open by the end of 2015, and Fatou Keita books will be prominently displayed in the libraries.  They are exactly what kids want to read.  The budget for the Beoog Biiga II project is sufficient for Fatou Keita books in every one of the new 20 libraries.  But kids in the other 13 libraries supported by FAVL would still like to see even more Fatou Keita books, so we want to encourage you to donate to this project!

Fatou Keita books
Fatou Keita books
Dounko got to meet Fatou Keita in CI- on the right
Dounko got to meet Fatou Keita in CI- on the right

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Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL)

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

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