In 1993, Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) established the Axumite Heritage Foundation to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Axum and northern Ethiopia. Since 2001, ECDC been operating a library in the restored ‘Inda Nebri’id, the former home of the governor of Axum. After discussions with city officials and residents, we realized that the current building could no longer meet the community’s growing needs, and we began work on a permanent modern library. The new library will have enlarged reading rooms, an auditorium, and classrooms, which will be used for computer training, literacy classes, and support for local entrepreneurship.
Dr. Tsehaye Teferra, ECDC Founder and President, recently traveled to Axum to oversee the ongoing construction and reported that great progress has been made on the new building. He reported at that time that the basic structure has been completed, the roof has been installed, and much of internal framing and plastering on all three levels has been finished. Once completed, we will begin work on landscaping, installing a septic tank, a water conservation system, and solar panels. As you can see from the photos below, we are very close to our goal!
With all the progress that has been made, Dr. Teferra is requesting bookshelves to prepare for opening of the new library, and needs help finding resources for donated or reasonably priced shelves or furniture from public libraries, schools, universities, or local residents. Please contact Carrie Thiele at Carriet@acc-den.org to donate items or connect Dr. Teferra with resources to find the needed items.