14 libraries completed in 6 countries in just in the first 10 months. Sponsor a library today and accelerate the momentum!

The Story


Our founder Sultan Akif was once a boy who could not afford a single book. He is now on a mission to build 100 libraries across the planet to light up lives with the brilliance of knowledge. His story and the videos of the build are below.

Boy in the Library - The story behind the mission

The Big Picture - Build Videos

Library #18: Negara, Indonesia

 

Library #17: Negara, Indonesia

Library #16: Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia

Library #15: Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia

Library #14: Denpasar, Indonesia

Library #13: Denpasar, Indonesia

Library #12: Primaria Escuela, Mexico

Library #11: Calidad, Colombia (Video coming soon)

Library #10: Bello Shelter, Colombia

Library #9: Medellin, Colombia

Library #8: Bello Mental Hospital, Colombia

Library #7: Panama City, Panama

Library #6: Nicte-Ha Secondary School

Library #5: Nicte-Ha Primary School, Mexico

Library #4: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Library #3: Amazon Jungle, Ecuador

Library #2: Tal Village, Himalayas of Nepal

Library #1: Tal Village, Himalayas of Nepal

 

Library #1: Katmandu, Nepal

Day 1: Katmandu, Nepal
Day 4: Katmandu, Nepal

Our Projects and Sponsors

No Location Status Main Sponsor
1 Katmandu, Nepal

Completed

Experience Your Life
2 Himalayas, Nepal Completed Experience Your Life
3 Amazon jungle, Ecuador Completed

(1) Linked Humanity (2) Major Alexia Shore (3) David Schwartz (4) EcoAndes Travel 

4 Playa del Carmen, Mexico Completed (1) Ministry of Natural Resource, Emergency Services, Forest Fire and Aviation (2) Polani family (3) John Ribeiro
5

Niche-Ha Primary, Mexico

Completed

(1) Laurentian University - students from Faculty of Management (2) Experience Your Life (3) Leyendo (4) Rehana Akif (5) Anonymous

6 Niche-Ha Secondary, Mexico Completed (1) Laurentian University - students from Faculty of Management (2) Experience Your Life (3) Leyendo (4) Rehana Akif (5) Anonymous
7 Old Town, Panama Completed (1) University of Toronto (2) Mary Cranston & Kevin Spencer (3) Anonymous (4) Experience Your Life
8 Bello Mental Hospital, Colombia Completed (1) Experience Your Life (2) Anonymous (3) Anonymous
9 Medellin, Colombia Completed (1) Experience Your Life (2) Peter K (3) Jim B 
10 Bello Shelter, Colombia Completed (1) Experience Your Life (2) Anonymous (3) Peter K
11 Calidad,Colombia Completed (1) Experience Your Life (2) Anonymous (3) Victoria V (4) Deborah S
12 Primaria Escuela, Mexico Completed (1) Library in a Week Gala Attendees
13 Denpasar, Indonesia Completed (1) Experience Your Life (2) St. Johns Ambulance (3) Castlebrooke Secondary School
14  Denpasar, Indonesia Completed (1) Experience Your Life (2) Castlebrooke Secondary School (3) St. Johns Ambulance
15 Papua, Indonesia Completed (1) Experience Your Life (2) Girl Guides of Canada
16 Papua, Indonesia Completed Experience Your Life
17  Giri Asih Negara, Indonesia Completed (1) Experience Your Life (2) Ranti & Hera
18 Negara, Indonesia Completed (1) Experience Your Life 
19 First Nation Reserve, Ontario, Canada August 2018 (1) Experience Your Life (2) Golden Brick Road Publishing House 
20 Medellin, Colombia September 2018 (1) Festival de Libros (2) Experience Your Life
21 Katmandu, Nepal October 2018

Sponsors Needed

22 Himalayan Village, Nepal October 2018

Sponsors Needed

23 Playa Del Carmen, Mexico November 2018

Sponsors Needed

24  Morocco December 2018

Sponsors Needed

 

In our founders own words "My name is Sultan Akif and I am the founder of ‘Library in a Week’. I left a successful, 17 years career, as a global executive with organizations like Microsoft and IBM to follow my dream of empowering youths. After building one of the largest youth empowerment annual events in Canada, it is now my mission to illuminate the far corners of the planet with the brilliance of knowledge; one library at a time. To give those that are left behind the tools to succeed and the power to dream. Connecting with my passion has been one of the best life decisions for me.

The mission of Library in a Week project is to make 100 libraries around the world in a way that drives real sustainable change - our project brings together the community to build the library rather than rely solely on external organizations. Our method is agile, cost effective and has a real impact! A key focus on my 17 years corporate career was to create large reusable solutions and land them globally; little did I realize that I was learning a very specific skill-set for something much bigger in life! I went to Nepal this summer to write my book on a very different topic – the transformation of my career from technology to youth empowerment. In an exciting series of events, I truly connected with my purpose and built two libraries. I libraries were completed in 4 days each in Katmandu, Nepal and Tal, Nepal. Tal in particular was a major undertaking as this remote village of 200 is deep in the Himalayas, only accessible by 5 days of walk or a treacherous 7 hours jeep ride from the nearest road.  The projects are defined below through a day 1 and day 4 picture followed by the video. 

I invite you to join us in the objective of making a real difference. It will be a life changing experience. The steps to the transformation are captured in my book which you can purchase on this website. The book is not designed to be a travel book. It is not a career map. It is not designed to give advice on topics that I have not experienced myself. It is designed to be a guide that you can use to travel deep within - to connect with yourself - with things that will bring joy and happiness for you. It is a very honest account of someone who sees the world very differently, who enjoys the positive energy of people and who believes that good people need to rise to the upper echelons to power so their goodness can illuminate the world. It is designed to ignite something deep within, that over time, enables you to glow with a flame that will not be extinguished."

Here is an extract from the book, written deep in the Himalayas,

“I am writing this story from deep in the Himalayas. Inspiration is everywhere. We just celebrated the inauguration of our library in the remote village of Tal. To give some context, it had taken me 5 days of walking on the famous Annapurna trek to get to this little village of 200 people. All the supplies had to be brought in by a treacherous jeep trek from 6 hours away including paint brushes, electrical equipment and books. There are no roads here or supermarkets. There are no bookshops here. We completed our project, from 0% to 100%; in a record duration of four days. This remains one of my biggest profession and personal accomplishments and I feel everything else that I had done in my life had led me to that point - including my 17 year career as a global technology executive, my travel to over 72 countries around the world and also my resignation from the corporate world to connect with my passion. More importantly, the story weaves through the journey of how I got to the beautiful village of Tal and the personal journey that empowered me to see the opportunity for what it was – a truly life changing moment. This story is focused on one deliverable - to empower you to truly embrace life.”