Zimbabwe is an interesting country, with many unique challenges. In 2005, the President of Zimbabwe enacted an Urban Renewal Project to make the capital city more inviting to tourism and business. However, this project included the sweeping of upwards of 700,000 homes and businesses of impoverished people. The government sent the people outside of the capital city limits, into towns like Norton - a place forgotten and overlooked by the nation, with very limited job opportunities and access to education. There are currently, no libraries in Norton, and the nation itself only has a few in the capital city, which are completely inaccessible to their community.
I have been fortunate to have traveled to Zimbabwe to visit Norton this past February. During my time there, I met with the Simuka Africa Youth Association, who will be the partner organization for this library. This project attains the potential to engage and mobilize Norton to uplift themselves out of the extreme poverty people face there. As of now, I plan to head there in about five weeks to foresee and be a part of the library's completion and opening!
The planned library will also be self-sustaining once built and will offer services inclusive of printing, scanning, typing, faxing, binding, and phone charging to offset the librarian's wage. This project will also be eco-friendly as all the power will be sourced from solar energy.
The funds needed will heavily aid with the installation of a computer lab in the library, and also with the expenditure needed for shipping the books, chairs, and other such equipment that make the library complete.
Any and all donations are welcome and will be much appreciated!
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