About the Humanity Libraries Project

1. Objectives of the Humanity Libraries Project

  1. Essential information "at fingertips" to help tackle poverty and solve local development problems
  2. 5.000 PC's can guarantee a continuous high school level education of 60.000 persons
  3. Creating ready-to-upload libraries for hundreds of servers in developing countries

2. History, administration and finance
3. Implementation in a cooperative setting
4. Creation of libraries in local languages and adapted to local cultures
5. There are five ways for you or your organisation to join, participate or to help
6. Address, e-mail and web site

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1. Objectives of the Humanity Libraries Project

The objective of the Humanity Libraries Project (formerly known as Humanity CD-ROM Project) is to provide all persons involved in development, well-being and basic needs, access to a complete library containing most solutions, know-how and ideas they need to tackle poverty and increase the human potential. The final goal is to include +/- 3.000 essential books, accessable at the lowest cost possible (50.000 US$ worth of essential books for 30 US$ to 50 US$ or less for a set of up to 5 CD-ROMs).

1.1. Essential information "at fingertips" to help tackle poverty and solve local development problems

This project is all about Chapter 40 of Agenda 21 : (sharing) information to solve problems and for decision making. This essential information "at fingertips" will help tackle poverty, help take better decisions and help solve local development & basic needs problems. These will only be solved if many entrepreneurial people can participate directly to the (sustainable) (re)construction of their countries through sufficient didactic information, solutions and education. A complete development & basic needs CD-ROM library for developing countries seems an efficient way to achieve this swiftly, provided it can be delivered at the lowest cost possible. This is the goal of the Humanity Libraries Project.

1.2. 5.000 PC's can guarantee a continuous high school level education of 60.000 persons

We claim that, in whatever developing country, a decentralised basis of 5.000 PC's with CD-ROM drives, dispersed over 1.000 places, and equipped with this and other similar libraries for sustainable development and basic human needs could provide a continuous education base of high school level to 60.000 persons.

1.3 Creating ready-to-upload libraries for hundreds of servers in developing countries

Besides the library project of 3.000 books, we have plans to create tailored, ready-to-upload libraries, with some of the material of the CD-ROMs we get permission to upload, for any of the thousands of servers that will appear soon in many cities of developing countries. This will help strengthen the capacity of local servers.


2. History, administration and finance

2.1 History

The Humanity Libraries Project was founded five years ago by Dr Michel Loots, MD, as the Humanity CD-Rom Project, to provide massive low-cost access to essential humanitarian and development information to the poorest communities in the world in the same way vaccinations are provided as an essential public health action.

Three years ago the NGO Global Help Projects was founded to host and foster this Humanity Libraries Project and other humanitarian projects, and a separate logistic unit HumanityCD was also founded. Now it is a network project in which more than 100 partners are participating.

Till recently, the project was named "Humanity CD-Rom Project", but as we will soon produce DVD and internet versions, the name is now changed to Humanity Libraries Project.

2.2 Administration

To achieve maximum result at the lowest cost possible, the Humanity Libraries Project combines different leverage mechanisms to increase effectiveness manyfoulds. We combine professional, medical public health and non-profit management dimensions to reduce costs and to broaden the distribution potential and international solidarity as much as possible.

Administratively, the Humanity Libraries Project is an autonomous project within the NGO Global Help Projects vzw, a non profit organization located in Belgium. It is also administrated by its logistic unit HumanityCD Ltd for humanitarian scanning and editing logistics, manufacture and international distribution logistics of the low cost CD-ROMs. The founder and general director of the Humanity Libraries Project and its logistic unit HumanityCD is Dr Michel Loots, MD.

2.3 Finance and sponsors

The total budget to realize this project over the last four years has been in the order of 200.000 US$. About 100.000 US$ has been financed by the founder and by the gifts and loans of philantrophic family members. About 100.000 US$ has been provided by funders of which GTZ/GATE and SKAT or in-kind contributions by partners.

This humanitarian project is now mature and proves to fullfill an enormous need. We are looking for additional sponsors for the 3.000 books project, for the dissemination of many free libraries, for the editing of similar humanitarian cd-rom libraries in French, Spanish and other local languages, and to create similar network libraries with many partners in specialized fields like education, health, nutrition, environment and micro-enterprise, ... Please contact us.

3. Implementation in a cooperative setting

Many organisations and institutions have hundreds of valuable publications which could be added in this common low-cost CD-ROM library project. The Humanity Libraries Project removes the cost and resources limitations with a logistic cooperation concept.

More generally, there is a need for a massive low cost vaccination campaign against lack of knowledge similar to a universal polio vaccination. The only way to succeed is as a participative project in which everyone contributes creatively. Our role should become that of one node in a network of many positive nodes. So thanks in advance for your participation and logistic contribution.


4. Creation of libraries in local languages and adapted to local cultures

We invite many organizations, universities and governments to copy or adapt our humanitarian concept to their culture and to their local languages so that they can provide low-cost basic information locally.

Development and governmental agencies in the world could each create a low-cost library of their most essential publications and pool them in an open humanitarian shareware setting. Therefore it is essential all agencies, governments, NGO and individual authors would start to digitize their material and would agree that their information can be shared for low-cost redistribution in an humanitarian network setting. We are willing to share our low-cost production capacity, resources and experiences. Contact us.


5. There are five ways for you or your organisation to join, participate or to help :

  1. by granting permission to include your useful information and publications on these cooperative Humanity Libraries CD-ROMs
  2. by co-creating this world-wide low-cost CD-ROM set and network with us and becoming a full-fledged "Humanity Libraries Network" non-profit node and interface for this project in your region or activity field. This will not require many resources, but yield high effectiveness leverages. The goal is to have at least one or two non-profit Humanity Libraries centers per country.
  3. financially : by sponsoring free distribution of CD-ROMs, by sponsoring the scanning and editing costs, and/or translations of essential electronic information to many local languages. By pointing to the usefulness of this project to funders.
  4. by helping with marketing, PR & co-promotion, by creating a link from your web site to this Humanity Libraries Project web site, by mentioning this project to your contacts, and by writing about the Humanity Libraries Project in your internal and public newsletters.
  5. contributing to the distribution of those low cost valuable CD-ROM sets through your channels, standard addition to your newsletters,or by providing one low-cost CD-ROM library to each member of your or associated organizations or projects.

Or any combination of those five. So join this cost-saving, efficient and environment-friendly information transfer project, in accordance with Agenda 21, with your organisation soon. Contact us.


Humanity Libraries Project

c/o Global Help Projects vzw (registered charity) & HumanityCD Ltd
in co-operation with, the 70 Participating Organizations
and the team of 25 scanning/ OCR collaborators in Romania

Director of the Project : Dr Michel Loots, MD

Address : Global Help Projects vzw & HumanityCD Ltd
Oosterveldlaan 196 B-2610 Antwerp, BELGIUM
Tel : 32-3-448.05.54 - Fax : 32-3-449.75.74

Information and order forms (autoreply) :
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Feedback on the content or software:
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General e-mail :
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Web site : http://www.oneworld.org/globalprojects/humcdrom