Under DREAMS, Lubuto Library Partners developed innovative programming based on the premise that public libraries are a uniquely accessible gateway for linking high-risk girls to the information and services that empower them to develop life skills, prevent HIV, and stay in school. Programs target adolescent girls and young women between the ages of 15-24 in Lusaka, Zambia, within the vicinity of our three programming sites: two Lubuto libraries, and one community center that is the future site of a Lubuto Library, with a focus on highly vulnerable girls such as street children, young mothers, children with disabilities, and girls otherwise marginalized. Secondary target groups include adolescent boys and young women and parents, as LLP's innovative solution recognizes that girls’ needs cannot be successfully addressed without simultaneously focusing on the roles of their male partners, children, parents, and the wider community.
This solution included:
sustainable scholarship support
role model, peer-to-peer, all-male, and family mentoring
comprehensive and proactive health information and referral services
family literacy programs
a platform for sexual and reproductive health programming and research
Taken together, these elements provide an avenue to staying in school, developing sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention knowledge, re-shaping harmful gender norms, and inspiring adolescent girls and young women to develop ambitious dreams for their futures. Lubuto’s DREAMS solutions are scalable and sustainable, continue to be available through Lubuto libraries post-DREAMS, and are designed to be adopted by other libraries as well as other community, health and education centers in the region.