Books or Bust:Local Community Library in Senegal,West Africa

Organized by: Amanda Grossi

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I live in a close-knit village located at the heart of Senegal's Peanut Basin reliant upon livestock and agriculture for its income. While the community confronts many concomitant food security issues affecting its livelihood and health, it also battles a more intellectual hunger - a lack of books to feed the minds of the youth as well as the general population. The community itself hosts a primary school and a middle school comprising 622 students in total, though it is only one resource-starved community in a larger book desert. The primary schools of the neighboring villages, as well as the local middle school, all face the same educationally impoverished circumstances. This project seeks to address such a resource deficiency by establishing a library in an old seed storage building that the village has agreed to donate to such a cause, in addition to bookcases and librarians to manage the hopeful future collection. It seeks to create a sustainable library in order to educationally support the aforementioned 7 schools comprising 1,965 students in the immediate area by establishing a foundational collection of several thousand textbooks as well as non-curricular books across a wide range of subjects. A donation would help purchase books for this library from the capital and raise intellectual capital in an educationally impoverished area, transforming a building of prior field crop seed storage into a place of storage for seeds of knowledge!

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Amanda Grossi

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