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Phone: 202-558-5609
5614 Connecticut Ave., NW, #368
Washington
District of Columbia 20015
USA
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Target demographics: We serve vulnerable African children and youth, ages 5 - 18, particularly targeting street children, orphaned and out-of-school children and youth

Direct beneficiaries per year: Each Lubuto Library has more than 50,000 visits per year. The primary beneficiaries of the Lubuto Library Project are OVCY in targeted communities (identified in consultation with government and local authorities), including street children, out-of-school youth, OVCY who have experienced trauma, and those living in dire, isolated or exploitive circumstances.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: We meet in the basement of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008, on Sunday afternoons between 3pm and 6pm (except holidays) to catalog and process books for Lubuto Library collections in Africa. The church is just west of Connecticut Avenue across from Politics & Prose Bookstore, and the entrance to the room where we store the Lubuto collection is near the corner of 36th and Everett Streets, N.W., on the side of the church facing Connecticut Ave. We place a sign outside the door to help new volunteers find us. Many people can only come for part of the 3pm-6pm time, which is perfectly fine. inputting of cataloging records may be done remotely as well.We also need volunteers to conduct book drives at their workplace, association or community, using guidelines that we provide for the types of books we include in our collections. We also have a short film that can be used, or could provide a speaker to kick off a book drive.

Geographic areas served: SubSaharan Africa

Programs: Reading and Preservation Program,
Zambian Language Literacy Program,
Motivational Mentoring Program,
OLPC XO Laptop Education Program,
Drama Program,
Reading Program,
Visual Arts Program,
Early Childhood Programming
Teen Program

Mission:
We provide out-of-school and AIDS-affected orphans and vulnerable children in Africa (beginning in Zambia) safe havens that reconnect them with their culture and society at large while providing opportunities for education, literacy and self-improvement, while raising awareness in the U.S. about the impact of HIV/AIDS on Africa’s children
Results:
Lubuto’s ‘green’ buildings are carefully designed for sustainability. The substantial structures support many community activities and purposes and the particular needs of targeted OVC.  Books and equipment can only be used in the libraries, an important sustainability factor.  That the beautiful facilities reflect and preserve indigenous culture inspires pride and emotional investment of community members, a level of cultural sustainability rarely achieved in educational infrastructure.

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08/08/14
I have visited the Lubuto Libraries and seen the joy on the faces of children for whom they are portals to the larger world, and oases in which they can share the simple pleasures of reading with friends, learning new skills, and finding a productive path in life. For some vulnerable children they ... more »
08/08/14
I visited Lubuto Library in Lusaka, Zambia. It is truly a community library, a little bit of everything for everyone. If you're an out-of-school youth, you can use the computers to practice literacy skills. If you're an aspiring artist, there are mentors there to help. If you want to bring a child... more »
08/06/14
Lubuto Library Project serves an essential need for youth in Africa with very positive results. This is a social service that benefits all - youth and families... more »
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We meet in the basement of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008, on Sunday afternoons between 3pm and 6pm (except holidays) to catalog and process books for Lubuto Library collections in Africa. The church is just west of Connecticut Avenue across from Politics & Prose Bookstore, and the entrance to the room where we store the Lubuto collection is near the corner of 36th and Everett Streets, N.W., on the side of the church facing Connecticut Ave. We place a sign outside the door to help new volunteers find us. Many people can only come for part of the 3pm-6pm time, which is perfectly fine. inputting of cataloging records may be done remotely as well.We also need volunteers to conduct book drives at their workplace, association or community, using guidelines that we provide for the types of books we include in our collections. We also have a short film that can be used, or could provide a speaker to kick off a book drive. Volunteer

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