Our Mission

The mission of the Maktaba Project, (“library” in Kiswahili) is to promote literacy and provide educational opportunities for children and their families in rural Tanzania. By providing free access to books, learning opportunities, and the Internet, the Project will empower people in rural Tanzanian communities with the information and skills necessary to foster individual achievement, self-esteem and community development.

The Maktaba Project, a Tanzanian not-for-profit company, working in cooperation with local community leaders and volunteers from around the world, will build six libraries in rural villages throughout Tanzania.

The Maktaba Project will seek to achieve the vision of the library as a community center that serves as both a community meeting place and education center. Toward that end, each library will have a board composed of a diverse group of leaders from each community. The local board’s responsibilities will be to:

  • Develop programs that will meet the needs of the community they serve. In doing so the board will develop a sense of ownership and investment in the continued success of the project.
  • Foster broad-based community involvement in the library at all age levels.
  • Encourage a culture of reading, writing, and information literacy.
 

our vision

Inspired by the successful model of the Jifundishe Free Library in Ngongongare Village, near Arusha, the gold standard for libraries in Tanzania, the Maktaba Project will use that as a template to realize the vision of the library being regarded as a true centerpiece of the community that serves as a community meeting place and as an education center. Toward that end, each library will have a board composed of a diverse group of leaders from each community.