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Bring the gift of books to an entire village!

Phase I, II, & III of the Shanto Community Library & Learning Center are fully funded! Construction of the building is still underway but will be finished in the spring of 2018.

We are now fundraising for Phase IV. The total needed for Phase IV is $26,000. Great news, we already have $18,000 raised! Would you help us get that remaining $8,000? Here is what it will purchase.

200 chairs x $30 per chair = $6,000

20 computers x $90 per computer = $1,800 

Delivery fee for Computers = $200

This library will serve over 118,000 people in rural Ethiopia. 

Join us in giving the gift of literacy by donating today!

If you would like to donate by check please mail to: 

Partners With Ethiopia, PO Box 27637, Golden Valley, MN 55427


History of this project:

A couple of years ago, FOVC's director, Desalegn Daka, came to us with his dream of building a library in his hometown of Shanto. Shanto is the administrative center of Damot Pulasa woreda. It is a very rural district which consists of 23 villages, 118,000 people, and currently has no library. It was Desalegn's vision to build a large community library that would not only provide books and increase literacy, but would also provide a safe, well-lit space for children and other community members to meet and study.

The Shanto Community Library & Learning Center will be built in four phases.

Phase I consisted of the excavation and foundation work, and we are thrilled to say that it is finished! Praise God! Here's a short video of the folks working on Phase I:

As you can see, this project is helping to employ a LOT of local people. One woman working on the foundation told us that she was thrilled to have this job, because it is enabling her to feed her children.

Phase II of the project involves the block work and roof work. Fundraising for Phase II is complete, and this phase is under way right now, as you can see in this photo:

Block work well underway!

And here is the progress as of November:

Phase III will consist of metal work, pointing and plastering, and electrical work. Fundraising for Phase III is complete! Completion of the library construction is estimated for spring of 2018.

Finally, Phase IV will be the interior furnishings and books, at a cost of $41,000. We are partnering with Ethiopia Reads to supply the books and bookshelves. They are holding a $15,000 donation. Of the remaining $26,000 needed for Phase IV as of Feb. 21, 2018 we have raised $18,000. 

After successfully funding Phases I, II, & III we are praying for literacy loving folks to help us complete the final phases of the library. Are you aware of any grants or donors who may be interested in helping to spread the joy of reading with a tax deductible donation? Please contact us at and let us know!

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