Shanto Community Library & Learning Center

A couple of years ago, FOVCs director, Desalegn Daka, came to us with his dream of building a library in his hometown of Shanto. Shanto is the administrative center of Damot Pulasa woreda. It is a very rural district which consists of 23 villages, 118,000 people, and currently has no library. It was Desalegn’s vision to build a large community library that would not only provide books and increase literacy, but would also provide a safe, well-lit space for children and other community members to meet and study.

The Shanto Community Library & Learning Center will be built in four phases.

Phase I consisted of the excavation and foundation work, and we are thrilled to say that it is finished! Praise God! Here’s a short video of the folks working on Phase I:

As you can see, this project is helping to employ a LOT of local people. One woman working on the foundation told us that she was thrilled to have this job, because it is enabling her to feed her children.

Phase II of the project involves the block work and roof work. Fundraising for Phase II is complete, and this phase is under way right now, as you can see in this photo:

Block work well underway!

Phase III will consist of metal work, pointing and plastering, and electrical work, at a cost of $25,000 USD.

Finally, Phase IV will be the interior furnishings and books, at a cost still to be determined.

After successfully funding Phases I & II, we are praying for literacy loving folks to help us complete the final two phases of the library. Are you aware of any grants or donors who may be interested in helping to spread the joy of reading with a tax deductible donation? Please contact us at and let us know! 

Donations may be made online at or by check to:

Partners With Ethiopia, PO Box 27637, Golden Valley, MN 55427