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Lubuto’s mission is provide an open system of accessible services to vulnerable African children and youth through Lubuto Libraries, enabling them to develop the knowledge and skills to reconnect with their culture and community and participate fully in society.

Lubuto's Objectives

Build capacity among communities and educators Ensure access to high quality educational, information and social services Support holistic development and empowerment of children and youth Advocate for children’s rights


Lubuto's Approach

1. identify hosts and target community

2. build facilities reflecting indigenous culture

3. great collections & resources

4. innovative programming

5. effective outreach

6. staff, host and volunteer training

7. monitor and evaluate impact for advocacy


Lubuto Origins

LLP was founded by Jane Meyers, a professional librarian with over 35 years of experience working in and with the countries of Malawi and Zambia. The idea for Lubuto Libraries grew from her work at the Fountain of Hope (FOH) drop-in-shelter in Lusaka, Zambia, where hundreds of Zambian children who were orphaned and vulnerable as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic came daily for support. Through establishing a read-aloud program and small collection of books at FOH, Jane realized the positive, long-term impact a real, comprehensive and relevant public library could have on marginalized youth.

With the help of an extensive network of community and professional contacts in Zambia and around the world, she established the Lubuto Library Project as a functioning organization in 2005, and opened the first Lubuto Library in partnership with Fountain of Hope in 2007. The second Lubuto Library was opened in partnership with Zambia’s Ministry of Education in 2010.

The Lubuto Library Project (LLP) has its headquarters in Washington, D.C. and operates a regional office in Lusaka, Zambia. The LLP is a 501(c)3 public charity, registered in the District of Columbia. The regional office is registered as a non-governmental organization in Zambia.


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