Under DREAMS, Lubuto Library Partners developed innovative programming based on the premise that public libraries are a uniquely accessible gateway for linking high-risk girls to the information and services that empower them to develop life skills, prevent HIV, and stay in school. This solution included:
This solution included:
sustainable scholarship support
role model, peer-to-peer, all-male, and family mentoring
comprehensive and proactive health information and referral services
family literacy programs
a platform for sexual and reproductive health programming and research
Taken together, these program elements provide an avenue to staying in school, developing sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention knowledge, re-shaping harmful gender norms, and inspiring adolescent girls and young women to develop ambitious dreams for their futures. Lubuto’s DREAMS solutions are scalable and sustainable, continue to be available through Lubuto libraries post-DREAMS, and are designed to be adopted by other libraries as well as other community, health and education centers in the region.