Osu Children’s Library Fund (OCLF) is a team with two distinct
parts—one based in North America and one in Africa— that
share the same mission: to bring books and literacy skills to African
children and adults. Kathy Knowles, the founder and
director, runs the organization as a volunteer from her home in Winnipeg.
She visits Africa twice a year to oversee library projects. Kathy
that the majority of young African children have little or no access
to storybooks, the OCLF’s aim is to encourage and facilitate
the joy of reading. They do this by creating libraries and stocking
them with carefully chosen, stimulating and culturally appropriate
books. The libraries are staffed by caring, trained personnel who
create a safe, clean and colourful environment conducive to learning.
programs of the libraries have expanded to include literacy classes
for adults and children unable to attend school. Giving illiterate
adults and children the opportunity to learn to read and write helps
them grow into a culture of literacy and further their job prospects.
recognize the importance of literacy and are enthusiastic supporters
of our program. They seek OCLF assistance because it has proven to
be effective, reliable, efficient, and friendly. OCLF always works
at the grassroots level, seeking the support and participation of
the elders and members of the host community.