Supporting village libraries in Africa

Book Reader in Africa FAVL's goal is to assist the rural poor of Africa with the creation of village libraries. This is accomplished by working closely with the communities in which the libraries are established. FAVL refurbishes community-donated buildings, transforming them into a space to read and study. Libraries are stocked with books by local authors and in local languages to the greatest extent possible, and with a recent initiative FAVL is producing microbooks for village libraries, in partnership with fastpencil.com. In addition, FAVL sponsors librarian training and provides for librarian salaries, thereby empowering locals with skilled employment. More about FAVL

How FAVL works

FAVL primarily partners with donors who wish to support libraries in rural Africa. FAVL can help work with the local community and political authorities, establish the library, assist in book selection and, most importantly, provide an institutional framework for long-term management and support. More

We need your help

FAVL support for village libraries depends on your generous donations. Our U.S. officers are all volunteers, so your donations go a long way. More info here.

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Libraries in Africa

Generous donors have enabled FAVL to establish and continuously manage eighteen libraries in Africa: Burkina Faso (13), Ghana (3), Tanzania (1) and Uganda (1). FAVL also supports the Uganda Community Library Association, with more than 100 member libraries. These libraries need your support. View FAVL libraries

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FAVL in the news

Rotary International literacy project promotes reading, writing in Burkina Faso

FAVL library featured on BBC news

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FAVL director Kate Parry article in edutopia