November 2017


DREAMS come true for hundreds of girls

Hundreds of girls’ lives were transformed during the first year of Lubuto’s DREAMS programs—and will never be the same!

Here is how we were able to help adolescent girls:

365 girls and young women and 261 boys enrolled in and completed Lubuto’s DREAMS programs. Of those, 313 girls and 74 boys were given HIV testing and counseling and—if positive—referred to medical care. This reflects the libraries’ positions as trusted community institutions that are safe and stigma-free.


More than 300 girls graduated from two eight-week mentoring cohorts. A third cohort is starting now!

Mentoring helps girls become leaders and introduces them to inspiring female role models who show them the endless possibilities they have for the future.

25 girls received scholarships from our DREAMS grant and at least 25 more will receive Lubuto’s crowdsourced scholarships in 2018—all scholarships cover all school years through graduation.

Other DREAMS grantees’ scholarship support goes to girls already in school and in danger of dropping out, but Lubuto’s DREAMS scholarships also reach girls who are out of school who come to our libraries.

In addition to hygiene products through graduation, Lubuto’s scholarships include full tuition, books, uniforms and other supplies.

Lubuto’s family literacy program creates a unique environment to help young mothers succeed. Mothers often have the most difficulty enrolling in or returning to school. The program furthers their literacy in small, supportive groups—and provides childcare to their children.

We look forward to reaching even more girls in 2018 and continuing to get and keep girls in secondary school and AIDS-free! 



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Volunteer of the Month

The November Volunteer of the Month is Beauty Nanyangwe, who has been volunteering at the Lubuto Model Library for nine months. Beauty is inspired whenever she teaches a young mother to hold a pen, and eventually learn to write.  Read More »