Wednesday, January 16, 2008

New library in Niankorodougou, Burkina Faso

Meghann Coughlin, a Peace corps volunteer in Burkina Faso, is organizing a library in the village where she is doing here volunteer work. Pretty remote! She recently sent us this message:
The gold mining company in my village donated the money to have all furniture made for the library and that should be all finished by this weekend. Once everything is set up inside I will send you some pictures. I am in Bobo at the moment but will be meeting with my mayor to finalize details for the library committee next week. I am still waiting to hear back about the grant proposal from Friends of Burkina Faso. I will talk to Rose Armour, Associate Peace Corps Director, about following up with them. It would be great to have Chelsea and Dounko come and visit Niankorodougou.
Yes, gold is big business in Burkina... thank heavens for small mercies, because with the rise in oil prices Burkina is being seriously hammered economically. Chelsea is a University of Montana student heading off to Burkina tomorrow to volunteer in the Bereba library. We'll be looking forward to hearing about her experiences.

2 comments:

Pastor Randy said...

My daughter, Krista Kay, who is in her final 9 months with the PC has been developing a library in her village of Berlam Perga, about 80k north of Fada. She has been working with a school here in the States as well as with members of our church, to acquire books for the people of her village. It is off to a good start and is being warmly received, especially by the children.

Anonymous said...

Randy,
Don't know if this will reach you... I wonder if your daughter would
like to get a copy of our librarian manual... why reinvent the wheel?
She should also visit the libraries we support- useful as models. Send me some contact info, to info@favl.org
Michael