Access to reading materials is key, that’s why we work tirelessly to bring books to children through schools, community libraries and our unique horse-powered literacy program.
Ethiopia Reads has planted over 70 libraries across Ethiopia; at least one in every region of the country. These libraries are a resource for tens of thousands of adults and children, as well as hundreds of teachers and schools directors. They are a safe and quiet place to study for exams. They are a place of learning and togetherness. And most important, they are a place to access the fundamental books that are often not accessible anywhere else.
We provide each library with furniture, books and educational materials, as well as training in literacy and librarianship. We offer long-term support for the library managers and staff. As a result, many of our library communities are thriving with weekly book-clubs and community story-times, and are bursting with people who simply love to read.
Quality in library services ranks high among Ethiopia Reads programmatic priorities. Many of our planted libraries are owned and sustained by other entities or organizations (such as local governments or other NGOs). We currently operate several children’s community libraries which serve as models of practice and centers for training.
Our mobile library program, “Horse Powered Literacy,” shares books with children in rural communities that have never had access to them before – reaching their villages by horse.