Community libraries

Nambi Sseppuuya Community Resource Centre

Fifteen miles north of Jinja in southern Uganda is the small village of Igombe, home to the Nambi Sseppuuya Community Resource Centre (CRC).  Established in 2004 by the Kiyimba family, the centre is open to all members of the community and aims to address the serious lack of reading materials in Igombe as exists in much of rural Uganda.

Funded so far almost entirely by the Kiyimba family, construction has  been phased over the last seven years, with the adult library, office, store room, newspaper room and toilet facilities completed in phases one and two.  At the end of 2011, Book Aid International secured funds to construct the children’s library and computer room – the much needed final phase of construction.

Despite the lack of a dedicated children’s area, primary school children flock to the library after school and at the weekends but until now, have had to share the adult library with the rest of the community. The construction of a children’s library filled with a collection of high-quality children’s books in Ignombe would provide a place for children to discover a love of reading and enough space for local schools to conduct regular class visits as part of their school timetables.

children of Igombe
Children of Igombe outside Nambi Sseppuuya CRC

 

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