Kids Learning How to Care for a Book at 2012 Camp
The planning phase of FAVL's summer reading camp project is underway. We were not able to get the funds to run all 12 reading camps, which is unfortunate, but through various sources, including generous donors on GlobalGiving, we will be able to run 5 reading camps and help 125 elementary school students work on their reading skills over the course of one week. We decided to do something a little different this year, and use the summer reading camps to reward a library where (1) the librarian has developed a good working relationship with the mayor's office, evidenced by the mayor's commitment to gradually take over payment of the librarian's salary and (2) the librarian is extremely motivated and enthusiastically completed all of their work. Some of the funds that we got were from a scholarship program, called Love of Learning, which sponsors 15 middle school students in the southwest region of Burkina Faso. With the help of the scholarship program, we will be able to hold 2 camps, and the girls will help run the camps as part of a service requirement for their scholarships.
Next week, we will start the lottery drawings for the participating students. Then we will begin buying supplies, such as paper, markers and books as well as contacting local teachers and cooks to help run the camps. Local librarians have already begun informing their communities that the camps will take place.
15 Middle School Girls Who Will Help Run Camps