A Community without Books
The Kelafo area of Ethiopia has a population of approximately 200,000 people and yet they have never had a single library. Imagine a community the size of Waterloo Region but with no easy access to books.
This past summer we secured land in Kelafo, hired a local contractor and we are now very excited to announce that our library is built and ready to be stocked. Hope Library is a permanent library and it is central to all 5 villages in the Kelafo area. Members of the community will be able to sign books out and take them home once the library is stocked. Our goal is to provide a variety of reading materials, including children’s books, novels, magazines and curriculum resources in both English and the local language, Somali. We will be hiring someone local and training them to be a librarian who will manage and maintain the library for us.
Above: What our library shelves will hopefully look like in the near future.
How Else Can I Help???
We can always use donations of books, computers or educational resources. Cash donations are also a big help to cover the costs of shipping materials to Kelafo, Ethiopia, paying our librarian's salary and paying the monthly bills. Please visit our Donate page if you'd like to help out.
Our library is build and now it needs to be furnished and stocked and we need to hire and train a librarian. Please consider making a donation to help us make our dream a reality. See the list below for prices of individual items.
1 chair (+ shipping) – $20 – 24 needed
1 large, oval table (+ shipping) – $90 – 4 needed
1 office desk (+ shipping) – $250
1 office chair (+ shipping ) – $130
Book (average cost ) – $5
** All prices listed above are in Canadian dollars and will vary depending on the exchange rate on the day of purchase
One of the focuses for Education 4 Change is to teach early literacy skills and to give students and community members easy access to a variety of literacy resources. While reading students will not only practice their literacy skills, but they will also learn critical thinking skills. Students will be able to read about the world outside of their village and to learn, dream and think critically about the world around them. These students will become competitive at both the local and global level.
We are hoping to run many programs out of Hope Library such as a women's literacy group, story time for youngsters and peer tutoring.
A Wired World
Hope library does have access to electricity so we plan to incorporate access to computers and Internet in the future.