LLP Constructs a Modern Library at Mthunzi

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Lubuto Library Partners (LLP) will start to construct a public library at the Mthunzi Centre. The work to clear the place has already started.  It will be stationed just at the entrance of the Koinonia ground, after the bridge, a little up the hill, close to a majestic tree that with its shade (mthunzi in chinyanja) has inspired the name of the children's home.

The Mthunzi library will be the fourth LLP library to be developed in Zambia with support from donors, local communities and the Zambian government.

LLP, was founded by Jane Meyers, a professional librarian with over 35 years’ experience working in and with the country of Malawi and Zambia.

The idea for Lubuto libraries grew from her work at the Fountain of Hope (FOH) drop-in-shelter in Lusaka where hundreds of Zambian children who were orphaned and vulnerable as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic came daily for support. Through establishing a read-aloud program and small collection of books at FOH, Jane realized the positive, long-term impact a real, comprehensive and relevant public library could have on marginalized youth.

LLP and Mthunzi acquainted about two years ago, when the Mthunzi boys performed at the inauguration of the third LLP library, and LLP staff came to visit Mthunzi.

The Mthunzi LLP library is expected to serve the children at the centre and its environs, where the existing schools have little or no libraries.

With the help of an extensive network of community and professional contacts in Zambia and around the world, Jane established LLP as a functioning organization in 2005. The libraries built by LLP consist of three structures beautifully built as traditional huts. A huge one (12 meters in diameter), has books and computer hosted with a central place for meeting and two smaller huts dedicated to children's books and to meetings.

The pictures illustrating this news are from some already built libraries.

Lubuto Library Partners has its headquarters in Washington, D.C. and operates a regional office in Lusaka, Zambia. LLP is a 501(c)3 public charity, registered in the District of Columbia. The regional office is registered as a non-governmental organization in Zambia. More information at http://www.lubuto.org

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