The Aysanew Kassa Trust
Improving Education in the Azezo Schools
Registered Charity Number: 1090931

Azezo Community Library

In 2009, with the support of the entire local community, The Aysanew Kassa Trust began building the town's first public library. It was completed in 2011 and now proudly stands at the centre of a new residential area.

It was designed not only to tackle the lack of library space and books in the local schools, but also to provide a safe and quiet place for children to do their homework and access books and periodicals. The building hopes to cater for blind children's special needs with a dedicated section and sanitary facilities.

However, the library is for all the community and is used by university students home on holidays and adults who want to expand their knowledge. For those wishing to work on their IT skills there is a fully provisioned computer room, which we hope will become an Internet Café in the future.

The Community Library was inaugurated with great joy on 28th October 2011 in the presence of many enthusiastic locals, council officials and friends from Addis, Gondar and the UK. We thank all those who helped make it such a success: Aysan's mum, who made ambasha (local bread) for the launch and party afterwards at the School for Blind Children, the Daughters of Saint Anna Sisters who hosted us, our committee in Azezo for organising it, those who donated tables, chairs, etc., the local Dashen brewery for supplying us with copious amounts of beer and, of course, all of you for giving us your support, without which Azezo would not have a public library today.

We have now handed the running of the library to the local kebelle (council), ensuring that it truly is run by the people, for the people. However, we still support it where required and recently delivered over 2,000 books donated by our supporters in the UK. But we are always on the lookout for more books that will enrich it further, so if you have any (especially text books) that you no longer need but are not completely out of date or you are going to Ethiopia and have space to take some for us, please let us know.

The Community Library is a wonderful example of what can happen when people come together and buy into a vision: today, the people of Azezo have a facility they can be proud of. Please help us to make more of these visions a reality.