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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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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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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

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2010

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.”

January 6, 2011
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January 6, 2011
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From the first time I heard Jane Kinney Myers speak at the national meeting of my librarian association, I could tell "Here's someone who has taken the essence of what libraries nurture - imagination, self-guided learning, a sense of community - and figured out how that can help address a crushing social problem in an innovative way." Lubuto is an inspiration for all those who share her librarian profession, as well as anyone who values the role of the social entrepreneur in addressing the big issues of our time.

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I've seen the way library science students are reminded by the Lubuto Library example of just how powerful the tools of of their profession can be in shaping lives.

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Get Jane more doctoral fellows to document Lubuto's work so it could be widely replicated.

September 4, 2010
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September 4, 2010
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Luboto Library Project has a fabulous formula for enriching the lives of some of the neediest kids on the world's poorest continent. I first learned about the organization from the DC Catalog for Philanthropy, which highlights solid, effective organizations working on many causes. I was looking for an international group to support. Lubuto is ideal because its founder has deep experience in Zambia, is a librarian, cares passionately about children living in poverty, and has boundless energy and integrity. The group operates with little infrastructure, so more of my gifts go straight to the kids. The formula is pretty simple. Build a "green" library to serve orphans and other poor kids, stock it with professionally-selected materials, provide library staff, and let the kids find the magic of learning. A Lubuto Library is a safe, enriching, and even joyous place for kids with enormously difficult personal lives. The book drives are effective because from the donated materials, librarians create a coherent library collection, not just a motley assortment of cast-offs. An entire collection for the second library was recently shipped at no cost, through the enormous generosity of an international shipping company. That's another example of how Lubuto operates with low overhead! A recent initiative involves locating traditional stories that may have been lost to the culture and sending them "back" as part of the country's heritage. In sum, I feel that supporting Lubuto means enriching the lives of kids whose lives and needs are hard for me even to imagine. I admire the group's vision, volunteer can-do spirit, and effectiveness in changing the world!

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Learning about the experiences of children who visit the library. I have read articles and watched videos about the Library, including a recent article about a US librarian who servec there as a volunteer to catalog the collection over a 6-week period.

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...how admirably it fulfills its mission and vision thousands of miles away.

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

....professional, knowledgeable, kind, committed, even visionary.

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Build, stock, and staff libraries for kids in all of Africa! Give computer access to them! Improve their lives! Hooray!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

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