Library Name: Sr. Kathleen Barbee Blue Lupin Community Library
Zimbabwe is grappling with economic hardships and the situation has been compounded by incessant droughts and liquidity crunch. The impact of economic hardships is felt mostly by poor households especially those in Mabvuku/Tafara and Bhobho. Currently, children in the area are experiencing reduced access to basic social services such as education, health care, food, family care and support. As a result, getting children’s books to read and sending them to school is not a priority for the majority. In order to address the myriad of educational problems faced by children living in these communities, Mavambo Trust responded by constructing a library. The Library is expected to enhance performance of vulnerable children in schools and improve access to textbooks.
Mavambo realised that Mabvuku/Tafara is a semi-literate community of people of diverse ethnic backgrounds. Zimbabwe is faced by difficult situation, with over 10% never been to school and 30% never completed primary education (Ministry of Education Mid-term Report, 2011). Functional literacy is achieved by those who at least participate in education up to grade 7 (complete primary school cycle). In light of this the library is helping children, youth and adults to access essential reading materials. Children are accessing books that improve their literacy levels and better prepare them for public examinations. Vulnerable children could not afford the US$5.00 library fee charged for accessing the library in the community.
The library started to operate in March 2016 and was officially opened on the 13th of May 2016. . The Age group 10-14 constitutes a high number of youth visiting the facility and there is gender balance amongst the youth.