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Introduction: KuSoma is a moving library project that serves the purpose of providing access to books for residents of rural villages in Africa. KuSoma is a hybrid term stemming from two words; in the Hausa language 'Ku' is the plural of 'you;' in Swahili 'Soma' means 'read;' when combined, they give birth to a new word: KuSoma, meaning 'you [all] read.' Residents of rural Africa are often unable to access urban libraries due to lack of frequent and affordable transport. Books are key to expanding the learning experience of people, particularly children. Through reading, the individual learns and reinforces knowledge; additionally, the individual nurtures imagination, creativity, and critical thinking.
Impact: rural African residents will be better prepared for innovative thinking and problem solving. The impact will be especially marked in young residents of rural Africa, who are currently in need of access to books equivalent to that of their Western and Asian counterparts. In lieu of waiting for traditional static library facilities to be built and equipped across the entire continent, a fleet of moving libraries presents a flexible, affordable, and practical alternative.
Method: initially, used vans will be outfitted with a moderate selection of books. Each bookmobile will service a designated area consisting of several villages. In a second phase, KuSoma will also seek to equip its moving libraries with affordable satellite powered internet, as well as used laptop computers that residents of villages will be able to use whenever a moving library is stationed in their village. Marrying pragmatism with a commitment to empowering Africans, KuSoma seeks initial funding and donations of books and vans to equip moving libraries with the necessaries to launch a fleet of 15 book mobiles. As the first fleet is launched successfully, each group of villages will be set on a time table to begin assuming the costs of equipping, funding, and owning their bookmobiles.
Growth: recuperated investments from the first fleet, coupled with additional donations and sponsorship that KuSoma receives will be used to finance new fleets of moving libraries. KuSoma moving libraries will give residents of rural Africa the abilities to expand their universe and dreams through reading.