I met Mr. Masresha Kibret at the 6th Pan African Reading For All Conference in Dar Es Salaam in August. He is a tremendous inspiration to me.
Masresha works with Ethiopia Reads, an organization that works to improve literacy and create a culture of reading in Ethiopia, in order to bring hope, vision and educational skills to a new generation of Ethiopian children. It has established its own libraries for children in local schools, publishes books in local Ethiopian languages and trains teachers and librarians to nurture a love of reading.
Their current project, Rural Library and Literacy Expansion, supports the growth of the Awassa Reading Center and the Donkey Mobile Libraries Program. The project is sponsored by American Jewish World Service.
The slideshow below shows pictures of a recent inauguration of a new school library in an Ethiopian village, including a visit from the donkey mobile library.