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Dreams Come True

This is the exciting email I just received from Wolde, our country representative, supervising all our programs in Ethiopia.

Dear Helen
Amazing ideas are coming from users of the library because of our library construction in Alemu W.Hana School.

You know, all permanent and other users of the library from high schools, elementary and community asked the Alemu W.Hana School director to give a day of recognition, "Library Day". He accepted their ideas and the readers formed their own committee and are going to different institutions, community and households to ask for more books and at the same time promoting how this library helped them and will help for researchers and other knowledge .

Wolde Ermacho, the director, came to me with a letter of request for me to be a representative on that day. The date of recognition with special appreciation for Library Day and h2 Empower is going to be on June 13, 2015. All of this is the result of your hard work and donors efforts.

Woldeamanual Abiyo
H2 Empower Country Representative

A few days later I received this email.


This morning we celebrated library day in your library. What an amazing ceremony it was! 

Students brought their own books and contributed them to the library. They had a very good coffee ceremony. They praised and gave gifts to the 3 librarians. Many many funny things the students did on their side. 

The Education Office representative and me made a speech. On my side, I shared how we developed this library, the problems we faced, and success of today. I appreciated them and fixed June 13 to be Library Day always at Alemu Woldehanna Library. 

I am thrilled beyond words at this development. It is a dream come true. I always was worried if people would come to the library and use it? It is the youth that leads the way.

We want to expand our programming to maximize library use and effectiveness.

Books donated by high school students

  • Movie nights for adults
  • English movie afternoons for children,
  • Adult literacy programs,
  • Cultural events
  •  Health education and Life skills development,
  •  Book talks
  • Young children and parents book and play time
  •  And so much more


To accomplish all of this and to expand our services we want to train all the school librarians of the 40 schools that received books from us.

Please donate to help us make all this possible.


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