Uganda is a beautiful, lush, tropical country known for its mountain gorillas and safaris. The culture is rich with song, dance, and storytelling. The population size is exploding, with the median age at 15. Much work remains to be done to improve health, infrastructure, and educational systems. The literacy rate overall is 76%, but just 70% for women(1). Many children are forced to drop out of school because their families cannot afford tuition and fees.
abwanget village, tororo region
The rural village of Abwanget is situated in eastern Uganda. The new community center will house a library with books for children, teens, and adults. The country in general has few community libraries, so this will serve as a hub for villagers to have access to information through books and computers. The center will also have counseling services available for children.
We are partnering with the Centre for Children and Library Foundation, an NGO filling the educational and mental health needs of vulnerable children in the community. Denis, the director, is trained as a social worker and child counselor. He personally baked the bricks to begin construction on the center when he didn’t yet have the funds or a partner to help with the project. Read updates on the project here.