Equity Trustees - Giving Review
Close Search
 
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  |  CultureA lighter note

Camel library proves a hit for locked down Ethiopian kids


8 August 2020 at 9:00 am
Luke Michael
The project currently reaches over 22,000 children in 33 villages   


Luke Michael | 8 August 2020 at 9:00 am


0 Comments


 Print
Camel library proves a hit for locked down Ethiopian kids
8 August 2020 at 9:00 am

The project currently reaches over 22,000 children in 33 villages   

With Ethiopian schools in coronavirus lockdown, children in some of the county’s most remote villages have turned to an unlikely source to continue learning: a camel library. 

The library is a Save the Children initiative that kicked off in 2010, harnessing 21 camels which are traditionally used by Somali communities in Ethiopia to transport goods across hot lowland areas. 

Instead, the camels are being used to carry up to 200 storybooks at a time in wooden boxes strapped to their backs.

When more than 26 million children were removed from school due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the camel library outreach program became a saving grace for remote communities.

Mahadiya is a 13-year-old student in a remote part of the Somali region of eastern Ethiopia.

She has made the most of the mobile camel library, which visits her village every week.

“When schools were closed, I was very sad. However, the camel library continued to come to our village and supplied us with storybooks,” Mahadiya said.

“I feel very happy and I am now able to borrow and take home the storybook that I would like to read.”

The project currently provides for over 22,000 children in 33 villages.

Ekin Ogutogullari, Save the Children’s country director in Ethiopia, said the library was vital at a time when the virus posed particular challenges for vulnerable populations living in high density or resource poor communities. 

She said they had conducted a survey in Ethiopia which found that children were fearful about the impacts of COVID.

“Children raised concerns around increases in child labour, early marriage, and abuse due to the outbreak and closure of schools,” Ogutogullari said. 

“On top of this, Ethiopian children and their families are facing floods, desert locusts, cholera, measles, food insecurity, and rising poverty levels. 

“The scale of this crisis is huge, but we are determined to meet the needs of the most vulnerable and ensure no child is worse off at the end of this pandemic.”


Luke Michael  |  Journalist  |  @luke_michael96

Luke Michael is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.

PB Careers
Get your biweekly dose of news, opinion and analysis to keep you up to date with what’s happening and why it matters for you, sent every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers? Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au or download our contributor guidelines.

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Howzat! Charity appeals for Aussies to play backyard cricket

Luke Michael

Saturday, 16th January 2021 at 8:00 am

Pop-up store offers Christmas cheer for struggling families

Luke Michael

Saturday, 19th December 2020 at 8:00 am

New charity manure reminds Australians ‘we’re all in this sh*t together’

Luke Michael

Saturday, 12th December 2020 at 8:00 am

NFP video game partnership looks to make the internet a friendlier place

Luke Michael

Saturday, 5th December 2020 at 8:00 am

Equity Trustees - Giving Review
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook
×