Lubuto Library Project
WISH LIST: $100: 25 books for children from local African publishers; $500: computer and information literacy training for 100s of teens; $1000: workshop to train Zambians in children’s library services
Lubuto Library Project provides quality educational opportunities for Zambian children and youth orphaned and vulnerable as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The libraries are free and open to the public, but they are designed for children, and specifically target those who are excluded from formal education, including youth living on the streets and children in extreme and desperate poverty. Carefully crafted book collections built by library professionals include culturally relevant and up-to-date materials. The libraries also provide access to technology, arts, and, most importantly, caring adults who can support children and connect them with otherwise inaccessible resources. LLP is also significant for its strong ties to Zambia's cultural heritage. It aims to collect and compile 100% of what is written for children in Zambian languages, preserving an important literary heritage for future generations. In 2013, the first two indigenously-styled libraries received over 100,000 visits and a third library (the first in a rural area) opened in summer 2014. LLP brings light to isolated children. You can be part of the vision.