Susu Village, Zambia
The new Susu Community Library sits on 250 acres of fertile land purchased by donations from ELI supporters. The property has a new well and boasts a diversity of income generating crops and orchards (orange, banana, lemon) that contribute to the support of the library. Crop yields have been abundant and a truck was recently purchased to deliver Susu produce to market. The truck’s arrival is expected in November 2021. (Read more about Sweet Susu Produce).
A second well is needed on the recently purchased parcel of adjoining land, so the Susu farmers can expand their gardens and goat herd. The additional income will support more adult literacy programs in neighboring villages. Susu Community Library is the hub for the mobile library program now reaching 18 rural village schools with a total enrollment of almost 9,000 students!
Library Day is anticipated with great enthusiasm! Staff plan learning activities for different ages and all children are encouraged to participate. News has spread and each week finds more children gathering. There are smiles all around as children color with crayons for the first time, put puzzles together, and hear stories read to them. Adults in surrounding areas are asking for literacy programs as they see children flourishing with these new resources. Each village selects a book monitor who keeps hand-written records of books loaned, and at last count, there were ?? additional villages asking for a mobile library services.
In 2021, ELI hopes to expand the mobile library program to more villages and establish adult literacy programs.