What is known must be shared

The majority of people in countries like Ethiopia face challenges to acquire knowledge to become successful in life. Access to libraries is limited because of lack of facilities. Book collections are often outdated and lack important subjects. Digital learning is limited and Internet is slow or not available. This project aims to help enhance local Library Facilities.

Oct 2018, we start with: Benches for the Library Compound and Expansion of Wi-Fi network

 Wolaitta Public Library

The Library was constructed in 2006 by WODA with a 90% fund of ISOB Foundation. By being the only Public library in Wolaitta Sodo it fulfills a great need. It offers access to books and digital learning materials. The library is well used. The number of visitors is growing every year. According to the staff more than 500 visitors use the library every day!

The aim of Wolaitta Library is to empower visitors to develop and create the skills, knowledge and ideas they need to participate in their society and bring development to their impoverished region.The Library is mostly used by young people who have no other place to go when they want to study outside the school or their homes.

Do you Want to help this Library to improve?   DONATE directly to our bank account, or via the red DONATE ONLINE Button (in the right column). Thank You!

Downloads : Wolaitta Public Library foto-page.pdf   : Introductie_Openbare_Bibliotheek_Sodo-Ethiopie.pdf

Benches for the Library Compound and Expansion of Wi-Fi network.

For young people the public library is a much needed opportunity to improve their school results and pass the national exams. When it is crowded in the main reading room students go to the garden to read, study, use Wi-Fi and discuss with their peer groups. But something is lacking in the garden compound. Look at the photo below and see for yourselves...


A. "Solid Stone Benches in the Garden". Benches and circular sites in the compound will facilitate students in an efficient way. It will give them comfort for reading, study and discussion. 


Example of a stone bench and a circular site, items we will place in the Library compound.


Students in the garden using Wi-Fi and discussing with their peers. Wi-Fi signal is very weak though. 

B. "Expansion of Wi-Fi network". Both inside and outside the library we will enhance Wi-Fi. Extra routers and wireless cards are purchased and will be installed soon!

new equipment  new equipment

Budget:   For the stone seats and the Wi-Fi equipment we have collected 3000.- euro. Thanks to our donors the stones benches, circular sites and Wi-Fi equipment can be bought. The project is in progress.

Donors of the project are: "De Johanna-Donk-Grote-Stichting",   Willem Meindert De Hoop Stichting",  "Haella Fonds". and some individuals.   Thank You!

Separate toilets for females


Girls outside of Wolaitta Sodo Public Library.

Sanitation is one issue that challenges girls and women. This Library has only one toilet this is commonly used by both girls and boys. But girls should have their separate toilet in public places.

By making separate toilets for females available the number of girls coming to the Library will increase. Generally, it will create a more suitable environment for girls and women. In the long run it promotes the emancipation of girls.

Budget needs for the construction of toilets based on the minimum Ethiopian standard: The building has to have 4 toilets, 1 bath room and 1 female hygiene room. There will be hand washing service after toilet use. Water supply will be provided. The needed Budget for the construction works and materials is 8.950,- euros.

Want to help?  With your support we will construct the girls toilets. DONATE directly to our bank account, or via the red DONATE ONLINE Button (in the right column). Thank You!

Sustainability of the new facilities

The local Municipality owns the Library, maintains the building and pays the library staff. After the above mentioned projects have been carried out, the municipality will take care of the new facilities. In this way this project is most sustainable.

  Library Staff.

Project accomplished in 2016-17: E-learning and Tension boxes

In 2015 the librarians expressed a strong wish to provide their visitors with "Access to digital information" to acquire skills, update their knowledge, expand their horizon and help solve regional poverty. Besides there was a need for extra furniture, preferable "Tension box tables" that facilitate vulnerable students who have difficulty to concentrate. In particular girls who feel insecure in the library hall benefit.

With our help 10 new computers had been purchased. Then various textbooks, plasma videos and other reference books from ministry of education had been installed on them. The digital information is well-used by the mainly young visitors. Users also can get instruction on how to use the computers and digital sources.


The Digital Centre offers improved study opportunities

Workers in a WODA Workshop constructed 25 Tension box tables. On the above photographs you see them in Library. 10 of these serve as computer tables and the other 15 serve as protected reading tables.


The library promotes social inclusion, enhanced knowledge and a taste for lifelong learning!

Final Report and Funders

ISOB raised € 5,100.- for the Internet Set-up and new furniture. We very thankful for the contributions of our funders in the Netherlands:

               Dirk Bos Fonds

Besides we are grateful for the gifts of individuals in Canada and the Netherlands. Download our final report  NL

Importance of the Wolaitta Sodo Public Library

The overall importance of Public Libraries is described in the IFLA UNESCO Public Library Manifesto.

The history of the Public Library in Sodo in pictures:  Wolaitta Public Library foto-page.pdf

Introductie_Openbare_Bibliotheek_Sodo-Ethiopie.pdf  in NL

Wollaita Sodo Public Library

Wollaita Sodo Public Library.