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Ali Sabieh Library Opens after Renovations

Ali Sabieh Library Opens after Renovations

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Residents of Ali Sabieh, members of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and the U.S. Embassy came together to commemorate the completion of the Ali Sabieh Library renovation at its grand opening ceremony Aug. 1.
Residents of Ali Sabieh, members of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and the U.S. Embassy came together to commemorate the completion of the Ali Sabieh Library renovation at its grand opening ceremony Aug. 1.

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Ali Sabieh Library Opens after Renovations
By Staff Sgt. Amanda Boersma, CJTF-HOA, 418 Civil Affairs Battalion
ALI SABIEH, Djibouti (Aug.1 2010) - Residents of Ali Sabieh, members of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and the U.S. Embassy came together tocommemorate the completion of the Ali Sabieh Library renovation at its grandopening ceremony Aug. 1. Community members celebrated by reading poetry,performing skits, playing music and dancing to drums. The library was originally opened in 2006. In April 2010, ALO-ASKA or “friends of open books” Library Association initiated the renovation project to provideadditional adult education for women and increase tutoring for school children inthe area. The library was a project jointly built and funded by ALO-ASKA LibraryAssociation, local volunteers and members of the U.S. Army 418th Civil AffairsBattalion, CJTF-HOA.“We were only a small piece of the pie that contributed to the overall effort. Nearlyall of the physical labor involved in renovating this project was conducted by theALO-ASKA Library Association,” said Civil Affairs Team Leader, U.S. Army Capt. LaraBrown. The community and Civil Affairs team joined together to repair the roof, build asecurity fence, and a wall, and install new windows and doors. Together theyfinished the renovations in less than 50 days. Before renovations began, thelibrary held only 100 books. It now holds more than 2,000 books for residents of AliSabieh thanks to the donations made by the French Society, Belgium Society andU.S.“I know that reading and writing is good for my education.” said Idriss Moussi, astudent in Ali Sabieh. “Before the renovated library I went to the library at myschool, but when it was closed for summer break, I didn’t have one. Now that it isrenovated, I can come here.” The Ali Sabieh library is the city’s first public library that is open year-round. “I willencourage my friends to come to this library and learn more,” said Moussi, “Thankyou to America for helping to build this library and donate English books.” The library ceremony included a ribbon cutting symbolizing the entrance of thenewly renovated site. CJTF – HOA Deputy Commander U.S. Army Brig. Gen. JamesOwens, Prefect’s 1 Assistant Houmed Abbas, U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires PaulPometto, and President of the Ali Sabieh Regional Council Ahmed Had, cut theribbon at the conclusion of the ceremony.“We join ALO in applauding the Djiboutian government officials for their dedicationto improving the education of their people. This library will improve the quality of 

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