“Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.”
Kofi Annan, seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations
Have you ever heard of William Kamkwamba, the boy from Malawi who harnessed the wind? He and his family endured intense poverty and hunger until he found an unexpected solution.
Using library books, at the age of 14, he built a windmill to power his family’s home from makeshift scraps. 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 no access to books. Mobile libraries can be utilized to empower and improve Malagasy lives.
The traveling Madagascar Library program supports the establishment of libraries as engines of development and social change. We believe that education is a powerful tool, and provides opportunities that can improve the quality of life. Our goal is to provide topical and relevant educational materials such as books, literacy materials, agricultural documents, etc., as well as provide guidance via workshops and lectures.