Library & Community Development

This initiative’s goal is to reduce poverty and improve literacy among families in Abetenim, Ghana in a lasting and meaningful way by improving access to education and educational materials for adults and children.

ICO is collaborating with the Abetenim community to provide the following resources and support:


  • culturally appropriate children’s reading material available for all ages
  • children attending weekly ‘Kids Story Time’ program hosted by the local library
  • male and female adults enrolled in literacy classes at the local library
  • adults have appropriate resource materials to support their literacy and numeracy learning
  • local school children and families have free access to library books and computers


  • composting latrines built for visitors to the community library
  • composting latrines built at the local elementary and junior high schools
  • library solar system connected and providing electricity as needed
  • rocket demonstration stove(s) built and used for cooking

Skills Training

  • librarians trained to manage and oversee library operations and resources
  • young men trained in new composting latrine construction techniques
  • young men trained in rocket stove construction