Visit to Bundibugyo community library, behind the Ruwenzori Mountains in western Uganda

FAVL East Africa director Kate Parry was visiting some libraries around the country. She writes about Bundibugyo community library, behind the Ruwenzori Mountains in western Uganda: “They’ve set it up very nicely, with low shelves for the children’s books and nice little chairs for children to sit in. They run a children’s program every Saturday afternoon and debates and quizzes rather less frequently for secondary school students.” The library Facebook page with more photos is here.

News from Kitengesa Library in Uganda

kateparryretirementFAVL East Africa director Kate Parry recently celebrated her upcoming retirement from teaching at Hunter College CUNY in New York with a party-fundraiser for Kitengesa Community Library. Thanks to all the donors and attendees!

Kate will be going to Uganda next month,  via England, and when she gets to Kitengesa she’ll be organizing the next Women’s Health Camp. They library just held one for teenagers, and we hope to have a report on that soon.

IMG_1171Posted back in 2018, here is a short audio podcast feature with Kate Parry and about Kitengesa, with Pat Duffy from the United Nations hosting.  The blurb for the podcast is: “We talk to some of the people involved in two small-scale projects supported by the UN, which have helped transform their communities, in rural Uganda, and South Sudan.”  Listening is a great way to learn about Kitengesa library. The video features music from the Kitengesa Library band… see photo at right!


A health camp in Kitengesa community library in Uganda

Kitengesa community library in Uganda recently launched a women’s health camp. The library  had a terrific young doctor from the Marie Stopes clinic in town talking to women and the women participated enthusiastically.  UBC interns are hard at work, with librarians and library scholars. Library scholars are learning how to play snakes and ladders. There is a version of the game that includes ladder cards, naming practices that are good for your health, and snake cards, naming practices that are bad for it. The camps hopes to get women to make equivalent cards about cancer.

Some photos from Kitengesa library in Uganda

The children in the photos come from the Muslim primary school in Kitengesa trading centre. Their classmates were in a football match, and they were at a loose end. The books that Kitengesa Community Library has for young children have become very popular. Adults come regularly to read the newspapers.

Update from Kitengesa Community Library in Uganda

From Kate Parry:  We were at Kitengesa last week. The library’s Self-Help Group (that emerged from the Women’s Group) is going strong, and so is our work with the deaf; we are planning to put in for an All Children Reading grant for the latter, to translate African Storybook stories into Ugandan Sign Language. We have ASb’s support, so it only remains now to get the grant (we probably won’t, since it’s very competitive, but you never know). The village is growing apace, with the Afripads factory and our own maize mill going up—the maize mill, in fact, is ready to start production. We planned a trial before leaving last week but couldn’t do it because there was no electricity that day.