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May 10, 2013

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May 10, 2013

Lubuto Libraries is a shining example of what being human means - "the God in me greets the God in you." Jane Meyers saw a need and was uniquely qualified to fill that need. Accident? I think not. Her passion and energy has never flagged and have become contagious, as do all good works.

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2013

May 5, 2013
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September 8, 2010

The president of Lubuto Library Project, Jane Kinney Meyers, has impressed me with her passion about providing books and other literary materials to the steet children of Zambia. Providing a safe hav... more

May 5, 2013
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I have donated to Lubuto for five years after meeting the executive director, Jane Kinney Meyers. I enjoy receiving their very information e-newsletters. Since I began donating they have made great strides in building new libraries and providing literacy services for the youth of Zambia. For a small non-profit like Lubuto, I feel my relatively small donation is making a huge impact on Lubuto's mission to give hope to African youth by providing them access to books and increased literacy. Lubuto has succeeded in working with local government agencies and pairing with local resources to leverage their impact.

Here is a small nonprofit making a huge difference in Africa!

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2013

September 8, 2010
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The president of Lubuto Library Project, Jane Kinney Meyers, has impressed me with her passion about providing books and other literary materials to the steet children of Zambia. Providing a safe haven for these young people who have no other safe place, and especially a place where they can learn and eduacate themselves, is a superb goal. It is the sort of outreach that more Americans should be doing in developing countries, and I admire Ms. Meyers commitment to the children and society of Zambia. She and the Lubuto project are making a significant difference to a forgotten population.

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Speaking with Ms. Meyers about the work she does, and the challenges the Lubuto project faces in helping the children of Zambia.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 2, 2013
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May 2, 2013
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Lubuto Library offers a unique approach to development. By embracing a strategy that includes a " full range of preservation, reading promotion, educational and social service activities" ; helps to reach out to children in need. I worked in Zambia for a children's project for over 7 years; including 2 years in rural farm blocks where reading books were scarce. Lubuoto Library Project reminds me of how valuable a simple book can be between learning something or nothing. I've witnessed children smile and paint images of what they have read/learned from books, one particular image will for ever remain with me ...is from a young orphaned boy at Twashuka Center in Zambia who drew of an imaginary father reading to him a book while he (the boy) lay in bed before falling a sleep. A symbol of how not only books can bring learning opportunities; but can unite family households. Congratulations for the great work in Zambia!

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Quite well

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A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 30, 2013
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April 30, 2013
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I volunteered for Lubuto Libraries while living in Lusaka, Zambia from August - December 2012. I wish I could have stayed in Zambia longer, as I definitely would have continued to volunteer with Lubuto and become more involved. As it was since I was there temporarily, I mainly helped with cleaning and on-going shelving at the Ngwerere Library -- though I also visited the Fountain of Hope library as well.. It was wonderful and heartening to see such an enormous pile of shelving to be done each and every time I went -- because it meant the books were in constant use. Zambia is a country of extreme poverty and unbelievably high unemployment. Many children don't have the opportunity to go to school, so Lubuto is their light and their hope. Not only is the library in constant use, but Lubuto's other programs (drama, art, mentoring, laptops, etc) are literally the only opportunity many street children and orphans have. I had the privilege of working directly with Stacy, Nikki and Eleni in Zambia, and also met with the founder, Jane, while I was living in Washington DC. I am so impressed with their efforts, the fact that they are able to fundraise in the States and physically build libraries in Zambia. The Lubuto libraries are a gathering place (architecturally designed in the traditional Zambian style), a place of learning, of community -- so much more than "just" a library. They are contributing real, tangible and measurable hope and learning to a country so very much in need. I wish I could have stayed longer in Zambia!

Colette
Professional Librarian
Washington DC/Senegal

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Some

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Very Well

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 29, 2013
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April 29, 2013
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Zambia may be poor in economic resources but it's children are blessed with energy and curiousity and a willingness to learn. Lubuto's contribution in promoting literacy is not sophisticated yet plants seeds of potential in the minds of the young that can mould generations yet unborn. I know because many years ago, I was once that Zambian child, ready to take on the world armed only with a desire to grow beyond my circumstances and a library card. Thank you Lubuto for all you do!

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 23, 2013

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September 20, 2010

I first learned of the Lubuto Library Project through library colleagues who support the project with donations and publicity. I enthusiastically accepted a position to joint the board as an opportun... more

April 23, 2013

I am proud of my association with the Lubuto Library Project and the opportunity to work with such enthusiastic and committed professionals to make a difference in the lives of children and youth who struggle each day to find a safe place in the world. To learn through the stories of these children about the impact of Lubuto on their lives is both humbling and rewarding. Serving on the Board of Directors is an honor and I have learned so much from Jane Kinney Meyers and the other members about the powerful impact Lubuto can have on the future for Africa’s children. Working with the volunteers to organize and prepare the books for Lubuto libraries is a constant reminder of their dedication to the mission and principles of the Project.

The Lubuto Library Project (LLP) has made tremendous progress in meeting its mission to deliver sustainable open-access library and program services for vulnerable children and youth in Zambia. LLP has a broad vision of extending services that are designed to reconnect orphaned and abandoned children with their culture and community beyond its roots in Zambia. The success of LLP has attracted the attention of individuals and groups who embrace our goals to ensure that there are opportunities for all children to reach their full potential regardless of circumstances or gender. In addition to building beautiful library buildings modeled on the indigenous architecture and developing appropriate reading collections, LLP develops innovative programs and workshops in the arts to expose Lubuto’s children to a range of cultural themes. What sets LLP apart from other projects is the recognition of the importance of working through partnerships with government, community-based organizations and professional groups to ensure sustainability.


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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

September 20, 2010
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I first learned of the Lubuto Library Project through library colleagues who support the project with donations and publicity. I enthusiastically accepted a position to joint the board as an opportunity to work directly with other directors committed to the future of Lubuto. I have observed first-hand how an energetic president, a cadre of dedicated volunteers, and donors who believe in the mission and vision of Lubuto can change the lives of orphans and vulnerable children and youth in Africa. Lubuto means "knowledge, enlightenment and light" and the programs the Lubuto Library Project brings to these children offer avenues to knowledge and enlightment beyond the books that are the core of Lubuto's libraries.

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The positive results of Lubuto are evident in the care that goes into selecting and planning new collections for Lubuto libraries and seeing the enthusiastic response of the children and youth in videos of Lubuto events in Zambia.

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The stories of the children whose lives have been positively impacted by Lubuto.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Enthusiastic and dedicated to the vision of Lubuto.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 21, 2013
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April 21, 2013
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This passionate group of librarians and child advocates is truly moving mountains. I have watched this group go from one person's dream (with no funding) to an intenational movement that serves kids, their families and their communities through one of life's most fundamental activities - reading together. I am in awe of what Jane, her colleagues and the Lubuto movement have achieved, and what they continue to aspire to.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 20, 2013

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April 20, 2013

In October 2012 I was in Zambia,to set up a school library with Seeds of Hope Children's Ministry at their children's home in Ndola . Before leaving for home in Canada, we visited the Lubuto Library at Fountain of Hope. Nikki Packer warmly welcomed us and gave us a tour. She happily answered our many questions about the library. The children were reading books in small groups around the library, other children were working on the computers. I love the concept of the story circle in the middle of the room. I have visited Zambia many times and understand the absolute lack of books and information in the country and am pleased to see the great benefit that the Lubuto Library is to needy children in Zambia.

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2012

April 19, 2013
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April 19, 2013
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As a volunteer for Lubuto I was impressed by the degree of dedication that all who contributed to the Project gave to making it successful. I worked mainly on acquiring, selecting and classifying books, and was proud that these were of the highest quality.The Lubuto Library Project shows a deep respect and compassion for the children and youth who come to the libraries. I believe that Lubuto is a strong presence for good in the world; its unique focus and devotion to those who use the beautiful libraries brings light to a world in desperate need of it.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 17, 2013
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April 17, 2013
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I was lucky enough to be able to spend time at one of Lubuto's libraries in Lusaka when I visited Zambia last September. I had no previous experience of visiting anywhere like Lubuto, but if I'm honest, spending time at the library was one of the highlights of my trip! It was wonderful to see how much the children visiting the library enjoyed spending time there and their enthusiasm for the different activities on offer (drama groups, use of the laptops, reading together, board games to name but a few) was infectious. The Lubuto Library Project provides a great resource; it was humbling to see how much the children got out of their visits, and their acceptance of me as a visit was very touching. The staff on site were brilliant: welcoming and warm, engaging enthusiastically with the children; organising/ participating in games, dancing competitions, art and craft activities and more! In addition, the staff all took time with individual children, encouraging and teaching them to read, helping with homework or just listening if the child just wanted to talk.
As I say, I really enjoyed my visit to Lubuto in Lusaka, and hope to return!

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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