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October 1, 2011
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October 1, 2011
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When I was first introduced to The Lubuto Library Project I was very impressed with its scope and accomplishments. Lubuto has built sustainability into its structure by working closely with the Zambian government and Zambia Library Services. This collaboration is essential for a successful program.

The key to Lubuto's success is the vision it has for the vulnerable children of Zambia and their need for a safe haven. All of us who work with Lubuto embrace that vision. The importance of a safe place to read, to play, to study and to perform is central to the growth of each individual.

An exciting component of Lubuto is the use of virtually indestructible laptops by the children to aid with their learning to read. Reading programs have been translated into the several Zambian dialects by Zambian teachers so that the children can learn in their mother tongue.

As a retired middle school librarian/teacher I am thrilled to have discovered Lubuto Library Project and look forward to a long association with it. I encourage others to join me in volunteering.

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2011

September 30, 2011
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September 30, 2011
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I had heard about Lubuto's work before I traveled to Zambia, but after actually seeing the country for myself, I knew that the work the Lubuto Library Project does could be a game-changer for some of the neediest and yet overlooked in the country. I met many children in my own travels who are absolutely hungry for knowledge, and I toured schools that have all of the best intentions, but they struggle to accommodate full-to-overflowing classes of disparate age ranges with very few resources. Libraries are a perfect fix: they encourage community; they provide marginalized groups with inspiration, tools for learning, and much-needed skills; and they provide a window to the rest of the world in the diversity of their collections that many Zambian children seem to seek out. Jane Kinney Meyers and the Lubuto staff are dogged in their pursuit of such spaces for Zambian communities. In assisting with the cataloging of collections, I found people committed to a thoroughness and big-picture view that will help these libraries to become foundations for their communities. I also have been extremely impressed by Lubuto's commitment to quality resources in their libraries, as opposed to truly second-rate books and materials that send a message of lesser value to those who will use them. I think Lubuto would benefit of course from increased funding and also from a campaign for greater exposure. If more people know about this inspired project, they will be moved to support it.

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 30, 2011
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September 30, 2011
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I had the privilege of helping with the deployment of the One Laptop Per Child laptops for the Lubuto Library Project. I was drawn by Jane Meyers' enormous empathy, energy and passion to make a difference in a seemingly intractable situation: HIV Aids orphans abandoned to the streets of Zambia. I stayed as I saw how a simple vision – empowering children with a sense of their own worth by teaching them to read and express themselves – could grow into a sustainable, replicable program - a network of community center/libraries as a vehicle for bringing a lost generation of children into society. Jane Meyers has an extraordinary ability to connect people with a vision and instill a sense of great purpose – whether connecting volunteers to the gains made by the children helped by the Lubuto Library, the Zambian Government to a way to tackle a country-wide project, or Zambian librarians to the need to staff the growing libraries – to create systemic change.

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Definitely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Giving me a sense that an individual can truly make a difference

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 30, 2011
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September 30, 2011
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As a masters student in Library and Information Science, I first volunteered on a Sunday preparing books for the Ngwerere Lubuto Library. The following Monday I went into the Washington DC office and next thing I know I am helping with this organization on a daily basis. This organization allowed me to learn and witness first hand how a library can be such a central part to any community. The Lubuto Library Project is an organization vested in enriching communities to build up individual members within that community.

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

A lot

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Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 30, 2011
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September 30, 2011
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The Lubuto Library Project is a unique and special organization, doing amazing work for children that are marginalized and often ignored. One of the things that makes Lubuto Libraries so exceptional is the architecture of the libraries themselves. What struck me about the project when I first learned about it five years ago was the careful thought and consideration that went into the design of the library buildings. A Lubuto Library is more than a repository for books. It is a place of learning and community designed using traditional architectural features and uses of space. Having visited the Lubuto Library at the Fountain of Hope in Lusaka, I can attest to the success of its beauty and design. Lubuto Libraries are unique attractions in the city of Lusaka, and that fact is not lost on the children and teachers who visit them. Lubuto libraries look like no other building in the city and yet many comment that they feel so familiar and welcoming because they remind them of their villages. A Lubuto Library is a place of bustling activity, a place where kids can read in solitude or with friends; where they can gather in a circle and be read to; where they can perform plays or listen to storytellers. The architectural design is a central part of the mission of Lubuto, and communicates to children that their traditional heritage is important and valuable and viable. I haven’t seen any other organization that establishes libraries in Africa do what Lubuto has done, creating beautiful and special buildings with enviable resources for the most vulnerable and marginalized children. Lubuto Library Project is an organization that cares deeply about the communities it serves. It sees the potential in each individual child they reach and offers a place where these kids can begin to imagine a better future.
September 29, 2011
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September 29, 2011
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Jane Kinney Meyers is doing amazing work on behalf of orphaned and vulnerable children in Zambia. What appears to have started as a community service effort of reading to street children while she was living and working in Zambia, it is now an impressive non-profit organization working at great speed. She has the successful combination of library science and development skills coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Jane's passion was the first wave I encountered but what really had an impact on me was seeing the effect on the children in Zambia as documented by Lubuto's videos. After seeing the videos I was so impressed by the opportunity Lubuto had created for these kids. I have worked with students for years as a middle school teacher in Washington, DC and I cannot help but see the experience through their eyes. The video made me realize how powerful it has been for them. Jane and the Lubuto Library Project have created a very rich experience for the out-of-school, vulnerable children of Zambia that respects them as learners and envelops them as part of humanity.
September 20, 2011
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September 20, 2011
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One of the most impressive things about this organization is the amount it accomplishes with a tiny headquarters staff: one full-time person and the equivalent of one half-time person. The full-timer happens to be, of course, an incredibly dedicated, hard-working, indefatigable person, founder Jane Meyers, who could probably be counted as two. This kind of dedication rubs off on those who work with her; volunteers want to do their best for Lubuto, also. It all adds up to a wonderfully efficient non-profit.

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September 19, 2011

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September 19, 2011

Lubuto Libraries are connecting children, books and communities through a wide variety of activities supporting literacy and development. Since the opening of the Lubuto Library in Garden area of Lusaka children have been regular and consistent users of materials, participated in theater and art programs and taken to the one-laptop-per-child computers. I've watched the children teach themselves and each other. During their time in the library they are enjoying the learning and exchanges with each other.

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working with children from Lusaka.

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provide more staff to work daily with the children.

September 16, 2011
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September 16, 2011
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As a librarian, I know the importance of books and reading in the lives of all human beings, especially children. Jane Kinney Meyers and the Lubuto Libraries provide a wonderful service to the street children of Zambia who have so little. Having visited the first Lubuto Library in Lusaka, I saw for myself how this place changes lives, builds esteem and provides hope to those who need it most. This is the most wonderful charity that I am aware of and positive in every way.

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changing the lives of street kids who have so little by providing them with an enriching atmosphere of books, arts and hope.

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I can't think of a thing I would change except that I would give them enough money to build hundreds of these libraries.

September 14, 2011
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September 14, 2011
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What a wonderful organization with an important mission serving the children most in need. I have never been to Zambia or even Africa but I feel connected through this organization. I participate in volunteer book cataloging on weekends. In return, I am made to feel a part of the important work of Lubuto Library Project. We hear amazing stories and see the results of our efforts in children who not only survive but thrive and succeed through Lubuto services. Lubuto expands the concept of "library" to its fullest expression in serving children in need. A Lubuto library is a sustainable library providing high quality services to children in need -- a concept and a reality worthy of greater support and expansion...

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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