Painting work completed

It’s been a busy end to the summer, with painting being completed on the interior and exterior of the library in Uganda. The process involves hauling water from the community well, mixing the paint powder with water to make the paint, applying the paint on the wall, and then adding a protective glaze over the dried paint.

The end product is beautiful!

The work allowed locals to continue to earn a living during the pandemic, at a time when work can sometimes be hard to find.

Lead painter. Excellent work!

Solar power installation

Most of the village of Abwanget in Uganda does not have electricity. In order to have lighting, computers, a printer, and a computer projector, we need to install solar power. Work has begun on the installation of solar power, though more work still needs to be completed.

In addition, railing has been installed along the front porch, which will help keep young children safe as well as help those who need assistance with walking up the ramp along the side.

Thank you for continuing to support us on this journey to bring books and literacy to this community!

Plastering and painting the Uganda library

Workers have been busy completing plasterwork on the interior and exterior of the library building in Uganda. The workers are including intricate details to beautify the space.

Once the plastering was complete, the painting crew descended on the space! First primer, then a creamy yellow paint.

Thank you, supporters, for helping fund this space, allowing construction workers to continue to earn a living during the pandemic.

Roofing complete

The roofing is now complete on the library in Uganda! Rain interfered and slowed down some of the work, plus construction crews dealt with bouts of malaria and restrictions due to the pandemic. But workers persevered and completed construction last week. The next phase of construction involves installing doors and windows.

One of our goals is to help children stay in school when their families cannot afford to tuition, uniforms, and supplies. While students are not in school at the moment due to the pandemic, they will eventually return to school. Many families have been earning little to no income during the lockdown, so many children will not be able to return to school. If you are interested in sponsoring a child’s education, please email us at School is not free for children in Uganda. Primary school generally costs less than secondary school, and tuition and other costs usually come to less than $600 per year. Those costs are paid per quarter, not all at once.

Donations in general are being directed toward construction, so if you’d like to sponsor a child’s education, please make a note with the donation. Online donations can be made thru PayPal, but you can also send a check to: Libraries for the World, PO Box 1331, Round Rock TX 78680.

Photo by Denis Okiru

Roofwork has begun

The roofing work has started! Denis and his crew have been working on the beams to prepare for the iron sheeting which will go on the roof. This work would not have been possible without your donations. In fact, work on this center had stopped over the summer because of a lack of funds.

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve run across a few biographies at used book stores that will work well in this community library. As a librarian, I get excited when I see books that I know they can use in Uganda, so I’ve already started saving books for this project. If you’d like to donate books, please email me at – DC

Bricklaying at Abwanget village

Denis has been busy making bricks! When it’s not raining, Denis spends time forming and baking bricks, thousands of them. The bricklaying for the community center and library is almost complete. Roofing work will come next. Denis’s children are enjoying reading the books that I gave them over the summer. We’re excited about opening a library for this community! We’ve already begun purchasing books for this library and can’t wait for the children there to read them! – DC