In 2013 BFSS gave a grant of £3,915 to Life Uplifted by Change in Africa (LUCIA) for furniture and books for Saria School Library in Basona Worena Woreda, 130 km north of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. LUCIA is a small volunteer-run charity whose goal is to improve the lives of women and children in Ethiopia through local projects encouraging long term growth and development. In 2012 LUCIA committed to building a library at Saria School, where LUCIA volunteers had been overwhelmed by the children’s burning desire to learn and get an education.
Before the library was built and stocked, children at Saria School had very little access to books. Teaching was very difficult with little availability of teaching references, story or text books other than the few in their classrooms.
Thanks to the work of LUCIA and with a grant from the BFSS for furniture and books, Saria School now has a functioning stocked library, offering teaching/learning support to the children and staff. The pupils now have the opportunity to read, discover, research and develop in an encouraging environment. This is an important step in addressing the low national adult literacy rate of 39% (UNICEF). Teachers and pupils have access to the library on a daily basis, with girls and boys having equal opportunity to use the stock. Teaching is very much enriched and improved. To read the report on the project please click here.