The Osu Children’s Library Fund (OCLF), a small Canadian charity, has been building children’s libraries in Ghana, West Africa, for more than 25 years. Under the direction and inspiration of Canadian Kathy Knowles, the project has brought books and the joy of reading to thousands of children who had otherwise never seen a book.
This grass-roots NGO is entirely volunteer-run. Library staff are paid by the local municipalities. They are dedicated and hard-working and rely heavily on the presence of expatriate volunteers, either those living in Ghana or from countries such as Canada.
The placement of volunteers depends when and where the need is greatest. The month of August is always important when two libraries run “Reading Camps” during the school holiday. Last summer, one of these attracted over 70 children!
Details of what we require from volunteers are clearly spelled out on our website –
www.osuchildrenslibraryfund.ca. Especially useful are comments from earlier volunteers which show what they have brought to the program. They have all said that their time spent in Ghana was a life-changing experience and that they received more than they gave.
If any of QPAT teachers are interested in a volunteer position with OCLF, they can call me in Ottawa at 613-241-3947 or write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.