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How a Canadian woman brought the joy of reading to a generation of African children

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This is the inspiring story of a Canadian woman who transformed a simple afternoon of reading to a group of children in her backyard in Ghana, Africa, into seven large community libraries in poor areas of the country’s capital, support for more than 200 smaller initiatives around Ghana and in other African countries, and a publishing venture that produces children’s books in English and Swahili.
Kathy Knowles now runs her volunteer-based Osu Children`s Library Fund out of her Winnipeg home with twice-yearly trips to Ghana. Her work promoting libraries and literacy continues – construction is now underway on a three-storey library in the area of the capital known as Korle Gonno.
“You are proof that the vision and actions of just one person can make a tremendous difference in so many lives!”
     — Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada, following a visit to the Nima Library in November 2006.

 

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