Lubuto Library Partners


Lubuto Library Partners is an innovative development organization that builds the capacity of public libraries to create opportunities for equitable education and poverty reduction. "Lubuto" is a word in the African language Bemba that means “enlightenment, knowledge and light.” Similarly, our mission is to enlighten and enrich the lives of children and youth in sub-Saharan Africa, especially those not in school and highly vulnerable. Lubuto constructs enduring, indigenously-styled public-access libraries stocked with comprehensive collections of well-curated books and appropriate technology. These libraries serve as safe havens for their communities. Beyond great books, Lubuto libraries offer discovery and learning through programs such as reading, storytelling, music, art, drama and computer-based learning. Our mentoring program is particularly successful because it uses traditional stories to help children find their place in society and hope for the future. Through our libraries, children who have lived their lives in the margins suddenly find themselves at the center - and learn that they deserve to be there.


5614 Connecticut Ave., NW, #368
Washington, DC 20015-2604

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