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August 6, 2014

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August 6, 2014

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.

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2014

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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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 8, 2013
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1 previous review
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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Life-changing

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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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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

September 20, 2010
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September 20, 2010
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I've been associated with Lubuto almost since its inception. I've been amazed at the success the organization has had over the past several years in tangibly helping the children we serve in Zambia. Our library has become not only a safe and welcoming place where children can look at and read books, but also learn about their world through access to laptops, local arts and culture and life skill lessons. Lubuto is a center for the community.

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The dedication and very hard work of the executive director and Eleni in Zambia have taken a tiny, volunteer based, grass roots effort and built it into a growing thriving organization, well loved and used by vulnerable children and youth in Lusaka.

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About every month

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2010

September 20, 2010
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September 20, 2010
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I first learned about Jane Kinney Meyers and Lubuto at a presentation I attended during a Special Libraries Association conference. The video presentation literally moved me to tears. It so brought home the message that one person can make a difference, and thanks to Jane's vision and energy, Lubuto really is making a difference in young people's lives.

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We have a fundraiser each year during National Library Week, we show a video about Lubuto and distribute pamphlets with more information. I know this has made a positive impact on what we have been able to raise. Jane also sends a personal thank you

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About every six months

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2010

September 20, 2010
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September 20, 2010
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Before learning about Lubuto, I did not realize what a real library (e.g., more than just a collection of random books on a shelf)could do for a community in need. Lubuto libraries not only help to increase literacy and educational opportunities but also create positive and safe communities for orphans and vulnerable children. Children are able to explore their talents through drama, art and writing, amon other things.

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seeing films, artwork, music and writing by the children who use the libraries

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 11, 2010
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September 11, 2010
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The Lubuto Library Project is exactly the kind of user-driven, quality library that I had been unable to find in my time in Africa. It has a mission and vision that will hopefully become the standard for building libraries for under-served populations world-wide: driven by demand rather than supply, sustainable, and community-owned.

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working with the dedicated volunteers, reading about Lubuto in professional journals, and seeing all of the other organizations who support this work.

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About every month

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2010

September 4, 2010
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September 4, 2010
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Jane Meyers has created the Lubuto Library Project to create and stock libraries in Zambia for children who have been orphaned by HIV and violence. Her vision is develop safe havens for these children to read and learn. To those ends Jane has developed partnerships with many organizations and individuals to gather appropriate materials, organize them, mail them, design and build libraries and learning and cultural spaces. I have had the opportunity to work on both her board of directors and advisory board. I personally selected books for her collections and worked with the National Geographic to provide shipping support.

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The National Geographic, Dow Jones, and SLA (an international organization for information professionals) are just some of the organizations who see the benefit of the work Lubuto is doing. We now have two libraries in Zambia with more to come.

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About every six months

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