Elizabeth’s Library International actively pursues potential partnerships and relationships that will benefit underserved communities around the world. In tandem with the establishment of a library, we are developing programs addressing educational needs in the communities we serve.
Susu Village, Zambia
The new Susu Community Library sits on two hundred and fifty 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. The crops and orchards are producing abundantly and a large delivery truck is needed to drive the Sweet Susu produce to market. (Read more in the March 2021 Newsletter).
A second well is needed on the recently purchased parcel of adjoining land. With an adequate water supply, the Susu farmers anticipate expanding their gardens and goat herd to support the busy library. With the additional income, adult literacy programs in neighboring villages can be established. The library is also the hub for the mobile library program, which now serves eighteen villages. In addition, adult literacy programs have been established in three communities.
Library Day in the village is anticipated with great enthusiasm. EL Malawi staff plan educational activities for different ages and the parents encourage their children to participate. The children have shared this news with their friends in other villages, so every week finds more children gathering. Learning to color for the first time brought a great sense of accomplishment. Many adults in these villages have inquired about future adult literacy programs as they see their children thriving with these new resources. Book monitors were selected in each village, and their hand written records
poignantly illustrate the hunger for personal education and learning.
In 2021, ELI hopes to expand the mobile library program to more villages and establish adult literacy programs.