Saturday, March 08, 2008

Thanks to ....

St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Cupertino CA, outreach group, just decided to generously fund some of FAVL's activities as a way of contributing to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals of achieving universal literacy, halving of poverty, improvements in maternal mortality and gender equality! Libraries, we think, are important actors in this global effort. Villagers in Burkina need to read, and need to read well.

Santa Clara Rotary Club also decided to fund a small pilot by our current university student volunteer in Burkina Faso, who is creating four picture (photo) books on local themes. One is on how to make coura-coura, a delicious fried groundnut pastry). Children love seeing pictures of their own familiar lives, and then deciphering the words in the accompanying text, which will be in French and Dioula, the major local language of southwestern Burkina Faso. The books should be ready in May, and we'll keep you posted.

No comments: