Last summer, we were hugely excited that construction of a library at our Uganda office was underway. 6 months on, here is a quick update on how things have forward, and how the library has already served hundreds of children and Hope staff in more ways than we could have ever imagined.
The children we support in this area of Uganda, just to the south of the capital, Kampala, live in surroundings that make studying and concentrating extremely difficult due to the noise from bars and nearby traffic. The library is a simple solution for children who want to study outside of school hours with extra reading materials. Thanks to your support, we have been able to ensure the library is stocked full with essential books children required to complete the local school curriculum.
The library has also supported the children and staff in other ways:
- Children are able to develop leadership skills because they have been given responsibility for its day to day running, including being accountable for the lending of books, cleaning of the library and so on. They also manage the scheduling of its use by all the various classes and fellow students in and around the community, particularly those who are not part of the Walk To School program.
- At certain times, the library also serves as a popular movie theatre.
- Local Hope for Children staff are also able to use the library as an additional venue to hold meetings.
- During the school holidays, the library also serves as a convenient space for tutoring children who need extra help with their academic studies.
Therefore, OUR LIBRARY, as the children like to call it, is transforming their ability to make the best of their education and begin to develop future aspirations. The next stage is to add even more books and additional laptops to enable more children to benefit.