Shanto Community Library & Learning Center

We are thrilled to announce that our first community development project, the follow Shanto Community Library and Learning Center, is fully funded and completed!

Architectural Rendering

 

here HISTORY OF THE PROJECT

A few years ago, SHAPEthiopias 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, 140,000 people, and prior to this project had no library. It was Desalegn’s vision to build a large community library that would not only http://riversideretreatyangshuo.com/news/news-104.html provide books and increase literacy, but would also provide a safe, well-lit space for children and other community members to meet and study. Partners With Ethiopia funded the project. Our partner, SHAPEthiopia, implemented the project. They worked directly with the local government to obtain the land. The building was constructed by a local Ethiopian construction company. All furniture was sourced locally.

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

Phase I consisted of the excavation and foundation work. Here’s a short video of the construction of Phase I. This video was filmed by our President, Ingrid Olson, during her April 2017 trip to Ethiopia.

Since this building was built by a local Ethiopian construction company they employed many local people during the construction process.

Phase II of the project involved the block work and roof work.

July 2017

July 2017

Phase III consisted of metal work, pointing and plastering, and electrical work.┬áHere’s a short video of the end of Phase III. This video was filmed by our President, Ingrid Olson, during her March 2018 trip to Ethiopia.

March 2018

March 2018

March 2018

Phase IV consisted of the interior furnishings and books. 50% of Phase IV was directly implemented by our partner SHAPEthiopia. The remaining 50% of Phase IV involved the partnership of Ethiopia Reads and Books for Africa. Ethiopia Reads provided bookshelves, 2,000 books, and facilitated library training. Books for Africa donated 22,000 books and arranged transportation. A shipping container of books will be heading to the Shanto Library in the fall of 2018.

March 2018

July 2018

July 2018

July 2018

The following photos were taken in August 2018. We were thrilled to see the library in use!

We are thrilled to announce that on September 22, 2018 over 400 community leaders, government officials, and our local NGO partner, SHAPEthiopia, gathered at the library for an inauguration and ribbon cutting ceremony. Check out the pictures below!

More updates coming in the months ahead. Check back soon!

It is Partners With Ethiopia’s deep desire to fund more library projects in Ethiopia. The entire cost of a community library is approximately $225,000. If anyone has an interested in funding a library or taking on fundraising for a library please contact Ingrid Olson at info@partnerswithethiopia.org.

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