We’ve got some exciting news to share! On September 19th, our very own co-founder and COO, Tanyella Evans will be recognized for her incredible work in the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards. She is one of six young humanitarians from around the world being honored with the prestigious award...
Nothing beats a good book and a cup of coffee. Reading allows us to instantly enter into the mind of a stranger and by the end of it, we have made a new friend. It pushes us beyond the boundaries of time, knowledge and space, opening us up to new worlds and multiple lives – such is the power of a book. At Library For All, we love our books and remain committed to spreading this love through our cause of bringing knowledge to empower communities across the globe...
Library For All is proud to highlight our content partner, One Moore Book! One Moore Book publishes culturally relevant and educational stories for children of countries with low literacy rates and underrepresented cultures. Our Haitian library features content from One Moore Book’s “Haiti Series,” a collection of titles published specifically for developing Haitian students. Thank you for your support!
We’re proud to introduce you to the Library For All team in Port-au-Prince! Over the past few months, we have carefully hired a dynamic and diverse team of individuals to lead our effort in Haiti. This team is crucial Library For All’s day-to-day success in our 10 Haitian schools, and they will be responsible for helping us expand our reach across the country this year! Meet our all-star line up:
Since signing a Memorandum Of Understanding with NGO En Classe in 2014, we have been excited to partner with this small but effective community organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Although we hadn’t originally planned to expand to the DRC as a priority, when we met with En Classe Founder Sylvia van den Brink in November 2013, we knew she would be an excellent partner.
During my recent three-week stay in Haiti, mainly in the capital of Port au Prince, I had an opportunity to really witness the spirit of the people. Donna Karan, a fashion designer who is very active in the artisan community of the country, said in the 2012 documentary Haiti Untold: “When I came to Haiti to see the spirit of the people… it was complete inspiration. I knew, at that point, that the answer for Haiti was in the people.” I could not agree more.
New York, NY – January 30, 2015 – Library For All, an education nonprofit that provides tech-based solutions for those with limited access to educational materials in developing countries, was named a winner today of the Knight News Challenge on Libraries. The $265,000 grant will support Library For All’s work to make educational content available through a cloud-based platform designed specifically for low-bandwidth environments.
Our team of staff and advisors recently reviewed the many great openly licensed children’s books that we found this year and voted on our top books. We are now translating these books into different languages, including Haitian Creole and Lingala, so that more students can enjoy them. Once we’re finished, the translated versions will be available to children in Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and they will also be shared online so that anyone can download and use them.
2014 has been an incredible year for Library For All and our team. With your help, we have gone from strength to strength, and have learnt so much in the process to improve our digital library platform and unlock knowledge across the developing world. 2015 is undoubtedly going to be our biggest year yet, but before we get ahead of ourselves….here are some of our highlights from 2014:
As the rest of the team returns from Haiti, our technical team (read: me) is taking a step back and understanding what we learned from the adventure. I did not get the chance to go out to Respiré, however I got the chance to be there virtually through the technology we were testing at the school. Despite a number of setbacks, I consider the pilot program to have been a great success from a technical perspective.
Finding books for Haiti is not an easy task. In a country with low literacy rates, only a handful of bookstores and libraries, and no online marketplace, there is a desperate need for books but very few ways to find them. Although Haitian Creole has been spoken for centuries, the written version of the language was only officially formalized in 1979, so the body of literature in Haitian Creole is still very small compared to other languages.
To BISG I do now proclaim
Librar’ For All is worthy of this fame.
Haiti is the first nation built of slaves to obtain its freedom, in 1804. The monument to commemorate the 200th anniversary of their freedom even withstood the seemingly unending natural disasters that plague Haiti, acting as a symbol of their resilience and the strength of their people. Since 1804, the country’s population has grown to be the third largest in the Caribbean.
It’s funny when I look back and see how far we have come as an organization in just two years. So much has happened and so much is about to happen.
It was no more obvious than last week. Almost two years ago I walked into Book Expo America (BEA), with business cards in hand and a dream in my heart. A clear vision but not much else. I attended BEA because I wanted to talk to publishers. I wanted them to hear the idea for Library For All and immediately believe in it and I guess believe in me.
It’s eponymous with Hollywood, Will Smith, and of course Kevin Bacon. My own brushes with Six Degrees have me randomly connected to Ned Kelly, Kylie Minogue and Magic Johnson. And now with Twitter it has become even easier to connect with anyone around the globe. But what if we could use this for good? What if there was a way in which our interconnectedness could improve the lives of millions of people, instead of just being a talking point at a party? Enter “Six Degrees of Education” by Library For All.