Our libraries in Makeni and Bo desperately need bigger and more permanent spaces! These centres will allow us to offer space for reading and print resources, a group study area and computer access.
We have recently started building a resource centre at Makeni - can you help us fund a second resource centre in Bo?
Do you have relevant and up-to-date books or other educational resources you could donate to the libraries?
Topics we look for include: medicine; nursing; midwifery; public health; lab, pharmacy and X-ray work; hospital and general management.
We also accept fiction, English language, maths and science textbooks (up to A level).
Get in touch with us for more details!
Most books are directly donated to AHL. Others are bought by AHL for the libraries. Costs depend on the book title, and can range between around £6 to even (rarely) up to £90 per book.
Photocopying and printing costs, paper, card, sellotape, glue, mobile phone credit for the librarian etc.
It costs around £250 per month on average to pay a member of AHL staff in Sierra Leone.
Travel of staff between libraries in Sierra Leone costs around £72 for a two night stay.
It costs around £15 to ship a box of books from the UK to Sierra Leone.
Hiring a 4x4 to take books from Freetown to the libraries costs at least £47 per day, plus fuel.
A locally-made book shelf costs around £50. We also spend money on tables, chairs, desks, cupboards, standing fans, etc.
We have recently started building a Resource Centre at Makeni Government Hospital to replace the current tiny library space. We hope to raise another £18,000 to do the same at Bo Government Hospital.