Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Inauguration Celebration Continues: Ethiopia Reads Launches Three New Donkey Mobile Libraries!

Ethiopia Reads is thrilled to announce the opening of three new donkey mobile libraries, which officially went into service during a gala inauguaration ceremony on January 10. Established with the generous support of Rotary International, American Jewish World Service and the Ambassadors and Heads of Mission Spouses Group, the libraries will bring books and learning materials to children who live in rural areas surrounding Awassa, an agricultural town in southern Ethiopia.

Ethiopia Reads established Ethiopia's first Donkey Mobile Library in 2005. Since then, the traveling library has served thousands of boys and girls, registering an average of 35,000 visits per year. Ingenious in its design, the Donkey Mobile Library is a sturdy, portable cart that houses hundreds of children's books in both English and local Ethiopian languages. The Donkey Mobile Library has introduced reading and books to children in some of the poorest areas of Ethiopia, a country where 99% of schools have no books.

Please watch the slideshow to get in on the action!

The Donkey Mobile Library Program will continue to grow with your support. Please make a donation today to keep the wheels spinning.


4 comments:

Jeanne Smith said...

It was exciting seeing several donkey bookmobiles that Ethiopia Reads launched this year! I've been reading about them for some time and have been charmed by their unique mission ... bringing literacy to children who live in the outposts of Ethiopia. This is truly a blessing for children who've never held books in their hands before.

Jeanne Smith said...

It was exciting seeing several donkey bookmobiles that Ethiopia Reads launched this year! I've been reading about them for some time and have been charmed by their unique mission of bringing literacy to children who live on the outposts of Ethiopia. This is truly a blessing for children wh have never held books in their hands before.

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