As some of you may be aware 75 percent of Zambian families live on less than a dollar a day. This situation makes it impossible for families to have three meals a day, buy clothes and have a decent shelter.
As people struggle to satisfy the most urgent needs, buying books and educating their children very often becomes a luxury they can not afford.
It is rare to find a book in homes.
Most of the timed a child’s first encounter with a book is at school where they learn how to read but only have access to books for a small amount of time.
Schools don’t have an adequate supply of books, so kids have to share them: one book for ten pupils or worse.
But last week it was a very happy day for our Chinkonono kids. Thanks to tour Austtalian friend Murray our community now does have a variety of books. Murray asked around qith his friends and at local schools to donate books and then sent them to Zambia.
Just look at all those sparkling eyes!
Our village kids will now be able to read books for education and entertainment outside school.
The donation of story books is a very big development. It will make books accessible to kids in the village. As we all know that early introduction to books helps an individual to learn and it also exposes readers to more ideas and experiences and helps to ignite fantasy anf creativity.
Also we plan to extend the library with novels and education books for adults so that we can also teach women and men how to read and read English. Unfortunate there is a high number of adults who can barely read at all or do not know the English language. That way we will try to literate them and help increasing their job chances and change lives.
It was such a wonderful day seeing all those angels smilling. Also we were choosing the chairperson, secretary and librarian of our small library.
Right now the books are being stored at Lloyds house until we finish the building. At the moment we do not have the financial means to build two seperate buildings for library and sewing room. So for now both projects will be located in the same building. But due to the noise of our twittering ladies we will try to build a second building for the library so that people can read in a quiet environment.
We are transporting the last bricks now. The building is on window level and we hope to put the roof on next week. Of course we will need shelves and furniture. So Lloyd already bought some wood and timber.
Keep checking back on us to see the process.
Thank you again to Murray and all the generous donors! No way we get the kids outside to play these days…everyone wants to read 😉 This changes lives!