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Review for Lubuto Library Partners, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a proud volunteer for Lubuto Library Partners, volunteering directly with the Ngwerere library in the Garden community. When I first arrived, I immediately found the library to be a welcoming and nuturing space for the youth to read and be read to; study; learn and play games; access and learn how to use computers; socialize; develop friendships; and so much more. Lubuto also offers a number of programs such as Arts, Drama, Mentoring, and Outreach. The programs are so valuable for the helping the youth express themselves, develop their talents, and get exposure to the arts.

The staff at Ngwerere are awesome! And extremely attentive to the needs of the children. I have accompanied two members of the staff, Besa and Harrison, on their weekly community outreach a few times. They were brilliant in engaging the children with stories and the books they brought along. They also explained the library services to adults, building interest and even fielding difficult questions from the skeptical parents.

In my short time as a volunteer I've heard first hand from several youth about how the library has made a huge impact in their lives. They have found a new community at the library, one of hope, encouragement, and opportunity.

Lubuto Libraries are truly a valuable and integral resource for vulnerable children in Zambia, who otherwise not have access to educational materials /services or a safe enviroment to be empowered.

Role:  Volunteer