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Our 2013 Annual Report is now available

Our 2013 annual report highlights an often-noted benefit of Lubuto libraries to the society they serve: their reach. Reaching vulnerable youth, especially those who are not in school, and their communities has always been our top priority. Now we are extending that reach to rural areas, and the annual report shows how we are doing it and who is helping us.


Introducing Lubuto Library Partners

You may have noticed something new with our October newsletter; we have changed our name! We chose to make this change because partnerships are essential to our very existence. The new name especially signifies Lubuto’s pioneering partnerships with the Zambia Library Service and the library profession in Zambia and worldwide. We have long felt that the word ‘project’ implied that our work is short-term, but clearly our commitments to the communities we serve are long-term.

Finishing touches on Mumuni

The end of October will be very busy for everyone at Lubuto as we prepare for the official opening of the Mumuni Library on November 6th. We will once again have as our honored guest Dr. Kenneth Kaunda the first Republican President of Zambia. We feel so blessed that President Kaunda will join us during Zambia‘s Jubilee Celebration! There has been an exceptional amount of community involvement for our first rural library. We have been told to expect about five thousand people from the three Chieftaincies that Mumuni will serve. Members of the community have helped with the construction of the facilities by, for example, gathering grass for the thatched roofs, and their plan for the opening event will entail slaughtering a cow to feed the community!

Just as lubuto does in Bemba, mumuni means “enlightenment” in Chitonga, the indigenous language in this part of Zambia. The community ownership of and enthusiasm for their Mumuni Library has been thrilling and humbling. People have been drawn from all directions to see their library buildings during the construction, but the grand opening will be the first time to experience how the whole facility will work together to meet the needs of this rural community.

LubutoLiteracy and mEducation

We were happy that our Program Manager, Imanga Kayama, could come to DC from our Zambian office to join Lubuto’s team at USAID’s mEducation Alliance Symposium. Lubuto has participated in this annual symposium each year and we are happy this year to share the nearly finished LubutoLiteracy lessons produced under our All Children Reading grant.

New members of our Board of Directors and Advisory Board

Lubuto has been very fortunate to add several new members to our Boards.

Elena Michaels who works at the International Monetary Fund has joined Lubuto as Board Secretary. Doris Ross who works at the International Monetary Fund has joined Lubuto as Board Treasurer.

Additionally we have just added the following individuals to our Advisory Board:

Dr. Paul Sturges OBE, Professor Emeritus, Department of Information Science, Loughborough University & Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director, DC Public Library

OSISA Expands Lubuto Funding with Comic Relief

Lubuto Wins USAID Contest for Innovative Literacy Solutions

All Children Reading

We are thrilled to announce that a Lubuto innovation is among 32 winners of an All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development grant, made possible through the generous support of the All Children Reading Founding Partners: the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Vision and the Australian Agency for International Development. The competition to create innovative solutions to improve early grade reading in the developing world elicited more than 450 submissions from more than 75 countries. Lubuto's winning proposal, "LubutoLiteracy: Zambian teaching and learning materials for the digital age," is funded by World Vision.Please see our press release for more details on this exciting project.

The Lubuto Library Project team joined other winners to showcase their innovation at a DevelopmentXChange session on September 7, 2013 at USAID headquarters and uniquely highlighted the role that libraries play as "technology incubators."

Lubuto was also an invited participant and panelist at a Global Reading Materials Depository Ideation Meeting sponsored by USAID and co-hosted by All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development and the U.S. Library of Congress on March 17-18, 2014. The meeting was organized to explore the need for, the possible development of, and next steps toward the creation of a digital collection(s) of early grade reading materials. The primary objective of such a repository of early grade reading materials would be to improve access, particularly to local language reading materials, for early grade school children in developing countries.

The Lubuto Library Project

Lubuto is a word in the Bemba language, spoken in central Africa, that signifies knowledge, enlightenment and light.

The Lubuto project creates high quality, open-access libraries to serve Africa's street kids and other vulnerable children and youth. The library provides a safe haven and an opening to the world beyond the bleak streets. Lubuto offers educational services and the simple pleasure of books and the arts for children who find themselves alone in the world. Giving the burgeoning numbers of street children the chances they deserve to develop their imaginations and to realize their potential is Lubuto’s challenge.

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Lubuto’s highly professional organization, in the US and Zambia, does not work as an isolated charity. The sustainability of its program is ensured through partnership with government, community-based organizations, and professional groups, and Lubuto libraries are owned and run by Zambians.

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