Lubuto Library Partners

Creates model public youth libraries in Africa as safe havens for all, including children with disabilities, out-of-school or AIDS-affected. Advocates for and educates librarians to address needs of all young people with targeted resources and programs.

The Lubuto Library Partners creates open-access, free libraries for street kids, orphans, and other vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS. The libraries give these children educational opportunities and a means to improve their literacy levels, language skills, and senses of self-worth.  They are safe havens for hard-to-reach children. They reach out to children who have been cut off from their culture and reconnect them with their society’s knowledge and traditions.

The libraries are special places where children can read to themselves, have books read to them, or enjoy programs that include drama, art, storytelling, and other indigenous media. Lubuto book collections are of the highest quality and provide a wealth of information critical to the civic and intellectual development of children.

lubuto-library-photo1 Lubuto Library Partners is sustainable and successful because of five primary factors:

  • The libraries are hosted and staffed by community-based social service organizations that already offer other support to children in need.
  • Prominent children’s literature and Africa library experts guide the selection of books.
  • Buildings are designed according to indigenous architecture and constructed with input from the community, creating a sustainable and comfortable space for both children and adults.
  • Lubuto Library staff receive ongoing training from professional librarians.
  • Lubuto Library staff collect feedback on the books and services and on the library’s impact on the children we serve.

The Lubuto Library Partners was selected by the prestigious Catalogue for Philanthropy based on its innovative excellence.

Contact Information

Lubuto Library Partners
5614 Connecticut Ave., NW, #368
Washington, DC 20015-2604
T: (202) 558-5609


Lubuto Library Partners
Zambia Regional Office
P.O. Box 50548, Ridgeway
Lusaka, Zambia

Financial Information

Lubuto Library Partners is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization. Click below to view our most recent independent audit and IRS Form 990.

Banner photo: Children enjoying wonderful books in a Lubuto Library
Video: Kids Just Like You, narrated by Julian Bond
Photo: First Lubuto Library, at the Fountain of Hope Drop-in Centre, Lusaka, Zambia

Donate Now to Lubuto Library Partners


Your donation helps street kids, orphans and other vulnerable children whose lives have been shattered by HIV/AIDS, by offering them hope and the tools for a successful future.

  • $10 each week ($520) will send an entire bookcase of books to a library.
  • $5 per week ($260) allows Lubuto to make over 125 books available to be read and shared by hundreds of children.
  • $3 per week ($156) allows for six children to use Lubuto Library resources.
  • Donations of any size help us to build more Lubuto Libraries in Africa. An entire library can be built and filled with books for only $75,000.

Volunteer Opportunities

Professional librarians and teachers can provide training, assistance in collection development, monitoring and evaluation systems. Performing arts or health/psychosocial counseling professionals also needed.


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To donate to this member charity by check, please print our designation form and mail it with your check to

Aid for Africa
P.O. Box 8734
Topeka, KS 66608

Other Ways to Give

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