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April 8, 2013
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September 22, 2010

Over five years ago, Jane Kinney Meyers reached out seeking assistance to establish the Lubuto Libraries. Combining her professional skills as a librarian, her passion for the Zambian culture and peo... more

April 8, 2013
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Lubuto continues to thrive, fulfilling its mission to serve orphan and volunerable children in sub--Sahara Africa. We continue to expand our program offerings to this underserved population in the world with enriching education, mentoring, arts, drama and reading. Soon, Lubuto will be building it third library complex in Zambia. These libraries are FAR MORE than just a book collection. If you haven't already taken a moment to see these amazing libraries and the smiles and joy that they bring to the kids that use them (and that function more like community centers for these kids), you MUST visit www.lubuto.org.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

September 22, 2010

Over five years ago, Jane Kinney Meyers reached out seeking assistance to establish the Lubuto Libraries. Combining her professional skills as a librarian, her passion for the Zambian culture and people, and her drive to help the orphaned and vulnerable children whose lives and families had been devastated by HIV and poverty, Jane created a vision for giving the Zambian street kids the foundation for a future: libraries. Not just any libraries. These libraries would be built in a traditional African architecture; they would have places for kids to enjoy art; they would have new, age-appropriate and fully catalogued collections of books; and they would offer enlightenment and hope to the children. Since then, it is not an understatement to say that Jane has passionately devoted her life to her vision. Today, the Lubuto Libraries are safe havens for children that have little else. They are places to hang-out, express themselves through art and drama, learn about other cultures, become educated, learn how to use computers, and so much more. Simply put, through Jane's vision, passion, dedication and perseverence, a Lubuto Library is a very special place. If you have any doubt, spend 5 minutes looking at the pictures at www.lubuto.org. The organization is very well run. It is fiscally sound, follows best practices in non-profit governance, and uses a very high percentage of funds raised on its core mission: building libraries, stocking them with books, and developing programs to give hope to the children.

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everything it has done since its inception. From the groudbreaking for the first library to the grand opening ceremony to the programmatic developments designed and implemented to provide the most positive experiences for the kids.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the smiles on the kids' faces and the joy in their hearts.

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

devoted and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build thousands of libraries and enrich the lives of millions of children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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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