The Madagascar Mobile Library is a traveling library & program that supports the establishment of libraries as engines of development and social change. Together, we find “locally relevant solutions, often built on ‘hybrids’ that mix local traditions with ‘modern’ best practices.”
Update: We collect any books however we would be especially happy for books on various farming methods, on health, school books and books about Madagascar.
Have you ever heard of William Kamkwamba, the boy from Malawi who harnessed the wind? William and his family endured intense poverty and hunger until he found an unexpected solution. Using library books and makeshift scraps, at the age of 14, he built a windmill to power his family’s home. Research has shown that literacy and education is directly linked to a better quality of life. Madagascar ranks 155 out of 187 in the 2014 Human Development Index, making it one of the most impoverished countries. Several areas of Madagascar are also isolated and have limited or no access to books and education.
The mobile library visits disadvantaged areas of Madagascar, acting as an engine for development, opportunity and social change. The mobile library also supports the establishment of smaller libraries in existing schools and in communities where the books can be managed. Books chosen for the mobile library reflect empowering knowledge as a way to improve literacy, agricultural practices, family relations, health, environmental issues, sexual health, alternative energy advancement, trades and more. The mobile library also provides guidance by offering reading lessons, mentoring, group activities for kids and inclusive community discussions. Together, we find “locally relevant solutions, often built on ‘hybrids’ that mix local traditions with ‘modern’ best practice.”
The mobile library is in one location for three full days, which allows the team to conduct more activities, reading lessons and general counsel. Each trip lasts a week with four different locations visited each month in and around Antananarivo. In the future we would like to serve more remote areas of Madagascar and grow to include more mobile libraries. At the moment the project carries around 600 books.