During the making of the film, Bekoji's local authority identified the need for a better space for young people in the town. Working with the Bekoji Youth and Sports Office and The Tesfa Foundation/Ethiopia Reads we've raised funds to refurbish the leaking Bekoji library building - to include 6 web-connected computers, new furniture, training in internet management for the librarian, and a wider book collection. The new library opened in May 2013.
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The children of St Barnabas High School helped fundraise for this project, and now they are raising money for a wage for an assistant librarian. You can donate here.

It is intended that the library can become a focus for other aspects of our outreach programme including athlete education and coaching training.

Education is the key to improving the lives of the next generation of Ethiopians, a country filled with children, and that books are the key to fostering a genuine love of learning.

The Tesfa Foundation's programs are managed and run by Ethiopians. Without the on-the-ground expertise and oversight of their staff in Ethiopia, these initiatives would not exist. In a country where many people live on as little as $125 a year, projects offer employees the opportunity to develop their skills and gain experience in the fields of library science, publishing and design, project management and NGO administration. Tesfa offer a competitive wage and employee benefits as well as continuing professional training, such as workshops and trainings with volunteers from around the world.

Training in the field of library science is scarce in Ethiopia. Working with both volunteers from the U.S. as well as local librarians and educators, Tesfa Foundation offer regular training sessions for talented men and women who display a love of libraries, books and education. These skills are then carried into the library, the classroom and the community.

Thanks also go to the Carne Trust and the Belgo-Ethiopian Association who contributed to the library refurbishment costs.

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