Thanks to our ever-generous donors, we've been able to get all 6 Aya books in all 12 of village libraries in Burkina. We were even able to get some extras (a second copy of 1 book in the series for each of the libraries) because the price of the books decreased since we started the project. In total, we were able to purchase 81 Aya books. Aya books are popular in village libraries because they include characters and situations that are familiar to their everyday lives, in contrast to a lot of literature that comes from France or other countries that are not familiar to community members.
Using the Aya books, librarians have organized group discussions, theater productions and other activities to begin dialogue about certain issues that are addressed in the series, including girls' education, teen pregnancy and alcoholism, discussions which are often easier to begin when the medium of a book or story is involved. Using a new technology called Frontline SMS, we were able to send out mass text messages to librarians to more easily keep track of which Aya books they'd already received, encourage librarians to promote the books in their villages and send out ideas for activities that librarians could organize. The books have been incredibly beneficial to the village libraries as well as their communities as a whole.
Look for more FAVL projects coming soon to GlobalGiving to help us get other book series in Burkina village Libraries.
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