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Friends of African Village Libraries relies heavily on donations from people like you. The benefit of giving to an organization like Friends of African Village Libraries is that a little money goes a long way in rural Sub-Saharan Africa.
The establishment of a library costs only $5,000, and it means that hundreds of village children and adults will gain access to books. Since FAVL is a small organization powered by dedicated volunteers, overhead costs are extremely low. This means that your money will be spent on buying books, installing solar panels to supply light in reading rooms, training librarians and building new libraries.
We appreciate and need your generosity! And when we say that your gift goes a long way in Africa, here is what we mean:
|$10||Covers the purchase of two new African novels, or other valuable reading material|
|$50||Pays for a six month subscription of a nationally-read newspaper for the library|
|$50||Covers a year's cost of a librarian's monthly trip to the city (including two hours of internet time per trip), which allows the librarians in Africa to email, keep in contact and report on the library's situation to FAVL.|
|$100||Covers one librarian's salary for a month. The librarian works half-time, and are generally paid half the salary of a schoolteacher.|
|$500||Covers the cost of locally purchasing an entire shelf of dictionaries, atlases, and other educational material for students.|
|$500||Pays for the purchase of bookshelves, tables and chairs for a library|
|$1,200||Covers the cost and installation of solar panels for a library. Solar energy is a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way of providing light in the reading room after the sun sets at around 6 p.m.|
|$2,500||Covers the refurbishment of a building to be used for an entire new library.|
|$5,000||Covers enough to establish a new library... your donation will be the founding donation. (Note: Current FAVL policy is to not establish new libraries until an endowment goal of $15,000 has been reached: $5,000 for startup and $10,000 for librarian salaries, management oversight, book stock renewal, and maintenance over the following years.|
Please note that FAVL's longtime Canadian collaborator, Osu Children's Library Fund, can no longer accept contributions for FAVL. Canadian donors can conveniently support FAVL by donating online via PayPal (click the "donate" button in the right column on this page). Donations may also be made by cheque or money order, payable to FAVL, in American dollars (preferred) or Canadian dollars at the "Donate by Mail" address in the right column. FAVL will issue an American tax receipt.
A NOTE TO AMERICAN DONORS TO OCLF
American donors who wish to support Osu Children's Library Fund, Canadian Charity Registration #88990 4264 R0001, should send donations by check or money order in American (or Canadian) dollars payable to:
Osu Children's Library Fund
188 Montrose Street
WINNIPEG MB R3M 3M7
A Canadian tax receipt will be issued from OCLF.