The Belehede Library
The village library of Béléhédé has been up and running for six months now! It has become an extremely important resource for the villagers, most of whom had never had access to reading materials before the building of the library. Thanks to generous donations through GlobalGiving and other sources, we were able to buy a large stock of books in French, Moré, Arabic and English for the library. The Béléhédé library currently has about 750 books.
The librarian was trained by a FAVL activities facilitator for two weeks, and has enthusiastically taken up his post. He runs weekly activities with villagers, including story times and game contests. Kids and adults alike frequent the library to check out books and to play games like Scrabble and Waré (a Burkinabè game). It has truly become a center of knowledge and culture in the village.
In September 2011, FAVL was able to hold its first reading camp in Béléhédé, helping 25 primary school students improve their reading skills through group and individual tutoring sessions, informational sessions with books about malaria and HIV/AIDS and artistic activities. Since the end of the camp, the library has continued to work with the same group of elementary school students on a weekly basis to maintain their literacy skills.
Now that the Béléhédé library has a sufficient stock of books, we're ending the project. But if you would like to still contribute to Béléhédé, we have a new project to fund reading camps in all of Burkina's libraries, including this village. Thank you so much to all of donors for your generous support of FAVL projects!
Dounko with Belehede Librarian During Training
Reading Camp 2011