We are thrilled to announce that our first community development project, the Shanto Community Library and Learning Center, is fully funded and 90% completed as of September 2018.
HISTORY OF THE PROJECT
A few years ago, SHAPEthiopia‘s 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. 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.
Phase III consisted of metal work, pointing and plastering, and electrical work. Here’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.
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.
The following photos were taken in August 2018. We were thrilled to see the library in use!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.