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From Kerala to Tanzania: a library of one’s own

“Somy Solomon, wife, mother and social activist, is an Indian expatriate in rural Tanzania. It upset her that villagers would sell their farmland to construction companies at knockdown prices, unaware of its value. A lack of education, she says, is trapping local women and children into a life of slum living and domestic servitude. Determined to change this, Solomon launched a social media campaign to set up a library in Kichankani, the village 40 km (25 miles) from Dar es Salaam that supplies many of the employees at the hotel which brought Solomon and her husband to Africa in the first place. Without even stepping out of the village, she has collected thousands of books via a Facebook appeal. Donations have come from India, Dubai and Singapore. “I wanted to remove the cloud of ignorance,” says Solomon, 28, a native of Kerala. As well as supplying books, the library will serve as a learning centre to improve villagers’ Internet proficiency.” (via Reuters)

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