Mwaya Community Library

BRIEF SUMMARY

Key Benefits

What We Have Achieved

How We Work

The Project’s Future

What It Costs
By donating to this project, you will be helping us to support this important resource for the local communities.


FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT
Why Is It So Important?
RIPPLE Africa has constructed and maintains the Mwaya Community Library – a community library which was opened in 2005 and contains a wide variety of books for adults and children which has proved to be a very popular facility. In Malawi, very few people have access to any books at all, yet the link between books and literacy is self-explanatory. In addition to the obvious educational benefits, access to books is critical to developing a greater understanding of the world.

Books provide entertainment, knowledge, reference, advice, and exposure to outside cultures, practices, and views. A library not only helps to encourage the habit of reading, but inspires a thirst for knowledge which generates understanding and openness to new ideas.

RIPPLE Africa love seeing people’s wonder when they first visit the library, and the response from young children captivated by the musical books and colourful collections of children’s fiction. However, it is seeing library members reading Shakespeare, and community members viewing picture books of what animals look like in different countries for the very first time, that touches our hearts. The Community Library is important not only because it appeals to education as one of RIPPLE Africa’s three pillars of activity, but for the varied and complex ways it is enjoyed by so many people in the community. As most of the residents in our area live on under a $1 a day, this free resource is vital.

  • RIPPLE Africa volunteers help local primary school pupils with their reading at the library
    RIPPLE Africa volunteers help local primary school pupils with their reading at the library
  • The local Community Library at Mwaya
    The local Community Library at Mwaya
  • Chief Chibunya borrows a new book from the library every week
    Chief Chibunya borrows a new book from the library every week

What We Have Achieved

How We Work

RIPPLE Africa pays the running costs of the library to provide the facility for the local community which includes the salaries of one librarian and two library assistants, together with other ancillary items such as subscriptions to the national newspapers.

The Project’s Future

RIPPLE Africa’s community library is very well stocked with books. However, it would still benefit from locally purchased books written in the languages of ChiChewa and ChiTonga.

The library has quickly become an important free community resource and requires continuing funding.

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