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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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Would you volunteer for this group again?

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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

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

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

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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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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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volunteering

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greater support$

September 13, 2011
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September 13, 2011
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I remember when the Lubuto Project was conceived. I was volunteering in Zimbabwe in 1999 and Jane Meyers sent me an email saying that she was reading to Street Children at the Foundation of Hope in Lusaka. She quickly went from reading under the trees to setting up the first container library and then to establishing the Lubuto Project. It’s a beautifully-designed development project that actively engages all kinds of stakeholders from Zambia’s former President to student volunteers in the US. Its libraries and programs are carefully designed to reflect and respect local customs which will enable them to be sustainable.

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Lubuto won my heart when I heard that a couple of street children had learned to read at Lubuto’s first library and went on to pass their A levels which meant that they could enter the “main stream” of Zambian life. I’ve witnessed first-hand how AIDs tears apart families in parts of Africa. It leaves children to fend for themselves, and Lubuto’s welcoming and safe environment means gives these orphans a rest from the harshness of street life.

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I would encourage everyone to give donations with no strings attached. There are so many start-up costs when a project expands or a non-profit introduces a new program and the Lubuto management and Board end up having to spend too much time looking for additional cash to “connect the dots.”

September 5, 2011
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September 5, 2011
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I was fortunate to meet Jane Meyers at a library association meeting in January 2011; our introductory conversation featured 10 seconds of small talk and suddenly we were talking about books, children, and the international arena. I was so taken with her enthusiasm and passion for this organization that I began volunteering with the Lubuto Library Project the next week. As the months have passed, I've learned much more of this organization's history and mission, and am so proud to be associated with it. In my experience, a danger in international development is for a well-meaning project to attempt to install another culture in place of the one that benefits from outside assistance. Beyond the warmth, camaraderie, and dedication of the volunteers I have worked with in DC, I am most impressed with the respectful position the Lubuto Library Project takes towards its host culture - not just "Zambian" culture, but recognition of all the smaller societies that make up a country. The efforts of the full-time volunteers in Lusaka is a tremendous boost to the efficacy and forward vision of this organization. Management of the actual libraries in Zambia is a local enterprise; who better than established community members to facilitate community outreach? I hope to have a chance to experience these sites in person; even if that doesn't happen, I hope to be associated with Lubuto for years to come.

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I get to spend time each week discovering new children's books, learning more about places in the world that I have never been, and connecting with like-minded people in my field (library and information science). It feels like a small effort on my part, but from a small acorn a mighty oak grows. All of these efforts in tandem contribute to a great growth in opportunity and delivery. It continually surprises me that only a year ago I knew of Lubuto only in passing and now it is in my heart.

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If I could recommend something, I would suggest that those who donate give money to be allotted to the area of greatest need. There are so many factors, given the rules governing nonprofits, the economic climate at any moment, and the political climate, that affects the development of the existing and future libraries. Money is always needed, but if it is already appropriated to one area, another immediate need may go unmet, and the organization as a whole feels the effect.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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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