Ugandan Community Library Association UgCLALavinia GadsdenTrip to Uganda August 9-24, 2010LGadsden@gmail.com
Uganda Community Library Association is an organization of grassroots libraries in mostly rural communities throughout Uganda. These libraries are founded by members of communities of all sizes.They find buildings, books and local volunteers to make a library available so that local children and adults will have books to read. Uganda is building a culture of reading.
UgCLA has over 80 member libraries. Each is individually run by its local community.
The dream: Libraries across Uganda full of books so children and adults can learn to read.Universal primary school education is available, but there are no books to give anyone the opportunity to practice the skill of reading. And once they graduate from primary school? Libraries can make a significant difference!
Gayaza Family Resource Centre One of 3 meeting places with a limited number of books.Augustine Napagi, the master mind and leader of these centres carries books from one centre to another. A local school teacher volunteers to meet with children and their mothers twice a week in this 3 sided bamboo shelter.
Gayaza Family Resource Centre Kate Parry, the Director of UgCLA Library Leader, Augustine Napagi Kazoi, Local Teacher
Gayaza Family Resource Centre also Supervised by Augustine NapagiChildren suddenly appeared out of nowhere once they heard of my visit. I brought them 25 new books, lots with fun features such as music or pop-ups.
Kyabutaika Community Library Director: Frederick Kasozi Local business man who is main financial source of fundingfor the building and a man to keep the doors open for the children and adults.
Kyabutaika Community Library Some of the kidsoutside the library. Students studying very focused and undisturbed by all the commotion of the kids.
The Blessed Foster Family Foundation Library Lwanyi Village, Masaka District, Uganda Prince Mawanda,Chairman of the Foundation and Librarian is in the grey suit jacket on the left. His daughter in his arms. Inside the library with the community children and adults.
The Blessed Foster Family Foundation Library Lwanyi Village, Masaka District, Uganda Local children outside the library.
Kitengesa Community Library Buwuuga Sub-County Masaka District “A small library in a remote village of south western Uganda has expanded into a national network which benefits thousands of people. The facility has inspired children and adults alike to raise their literacy levels.” Mike Woodridge of BBC reports: Video below.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-11499311 Video: Mike Wooldridge of BBC reports. 8 October 2010
Kitengesa Community Library11 years of hard work to build a library of thissize, with a collection of 3,000 books in both Ugandan and English, lots of afterschool programs for students, and a following of adults learning to read. I was amazed with the fascination these teenagers had for the pictures books and the enjoyment they showed as I read to them. 1 Groups of Mothers come in on Saturdays to learn to read to their children.
Bushikori Christian Centre Mabanga Village, Buirabi Parish, Bunghoko Subcountry, Mbale Jane, the librarian and one of the schoolShow and Tell – science, history classes that crowd her library and picture books. as often as possible.
Bushikori Christian Centre In the middle of nowhere. Two of the school kids in front of the shelves of booksA library built to support the local school. Jane Ojok at her circulation desk!
Bunabumali Good Samaritan Orphan and Needy Project This project is an amazing.It is a tiny village up in the mountains on the border of Kenya. Emmanuel Norman Nakhokho is a 20 year old villager who has raised money to help build this mud brick school, one room at a time. Soon he will add a library. How has he done it? Facebook : $5 - $20.00 at a time
One of three classroomsBunabumali Good Samaritan Orphan and Needy Project
Bunabumali Good Samaritan Orphan and Needy Project The favorite! Some of the Nakhokho family’s Elmo Goes on Safari 8 children. With the button to push for music!!I brought 200 new books from the United States to distribute to the libraries I visited.
Bunabumali Good Samaritan Orphan and Needy Project Emmanuel’s Family, his mother and fatherTwo of Emmanuel’s sisters. are teachers in the school.
Bunabumali Good Samaritan Orphan Project Mt Elgon, Emmanuel’s homeborder between Kenya and Uganda and outhouse below
Ugandan Community Library Association http://UgCLA.org
I left Uganda and spent 5 days in Rwanda. I visited 2 other organizations: Ready for Reading is another non- profit that met with the UgCLAAdvisory Committee to share ideas. Miracle Corners is an organizationthat a friend introduced me to. She is a major supporter.
I visited a library built by another non-profit organization named Ready for Reading.It has a different model. The money for this library was raised in the United States, It is being supported by money that is raised in the United States. Kagugu Primary School Library Kigali, Rwanda http://readyforreading.org
Kagugu Primary School LibraryFifth Grade class reading picture books in Emmanuel, the school librarian English in his library
Emmanuel and a teacheroutside the Library/Reading Hall
Miracle Corners outside Kigali, Rwanda Another model of improving communities. http://www.mcwglobal.org/“The Community Development Initiative of Miracle Corners aims to develop sustainableyouth-focused learning centers as spaces for education, exchange and entrepreneurship in communities in Africa.”
My interest in seeing Miracle Corner’s new community center was/is my relationship with Jacqueline Murekatete. She is the only survivor in her family of 7 to survive the Rwandan genocide.• Jacqueline is raising money and most importantly awareness of genocide around the world.• She is the founder of Jacquelines Human Rights Corner. Mental and physical health services will be provided to the millions of survivors of the Rwandan genocide. Jacquelines vision is a world without genocide and a peaceful and stable Rwanda.
The end of an amazing journey The Golden Monkeys Audio/Video clip from my visit to theVolcanoes National Park Bunabumali Good Samaritan OrphanOutside of Kinigi, Rwanda and Needy Project