American Schools and Hospitals Abroad grant for fourth Lubuto library

We were awarded a grant from USAID’s American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program in 2014 to build the fourth Lubuto Library. The ASHA award of nearly $250,000, with $100,000 co-financing from our generous donor Judie Feedham, will support the creation of a Lubuto library at the Mthunzi Center, located in peri-urban Lusaka West. USAID’s ASHA program provides grants to schools, hospitals, and libraries abroad that demonstrate the ideas, innovations, and best practices of the United States in health and education. The awards go to organizations that represent the excellence and leadership of American institutions, so we are quite honored by this tribute to the quality of our work. ASHA is unique in that it solely funds construction or renovation of buildings and purchase of commodities. Since construction of Lubuto libraries is central to LLP’s mission, this is an excellent funding source for Lubuto, for our fourth and, we hope, future libraries.

Comic Relief/OSISA grant for Mumuni library and Lubuto model advocacy

After receiving an initial grant from the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA) in 2012 to evaluate the impact of our library model, we were awarded a new grant in 2013, jointly funded by OSISA together with the UK-based charity Comic Relief, for a project entitled "Improving access to quality education in Zambia through the Lubuto Library Model." Over three years, this support will enable us to build on our existing programs and promote our innovative model of supporting children and youth to stakeholders in Zambia and around the world. Under this project, we were also able to establish the first rural Lubuto library, the Mumuni Library in Zambia's Southern Province.

USAID All Children Reading challenge grant for LubutoLiteracy lessons

We were one of 32 organizations chosen worldwide—out of more than 450 applications—to receive an All Children Reading (ACR) Grand Challenge for Development grant in 2012. The ACR Partnership–USAID, World Vision and AusAID–sought solutions to improve reading skills for children in the early grades, to reach their goal of getting 100 million children reading by 2015. In serving Zambia’s marginalized young people Lubuto identified very low literacy levels among the population it serves. Experts had established that children need to learn to read first in their mother tongue. The ACR award provided the opportunity for Lubuto, with the support of World Vision, to create more than 100 computer-based reading lessons for each of seven local Zambian languages. The lessons follow the new national reading curriculum and thus extend learning beyond the classroom, to computers and mobile devices used anywhere. They were produced by Lubuto youth who received training in computer repair, programming, sound recording, visual creation and editing.