Thursday, September 25, 2008

Kate Parry forward... library founder award in Uganda (sorry a little late in posting!)

Ceazaria is in the Uganda Community Library Association... networking small library social entrepreneurs is one of FAVL's important missions
Dear Colleagues,
A story that probably missed your eyes in yesterday's New Vision Monday June 9, 2008 on page 24. It was reported that Mr. Francis Kigobe who founded Ceazaria Public Library in Mukono was chosen as 1st prize winner of Shs 2 million in the "Ugandans making a difference" project an initiative of the New Vision which recognises Ugandans who are having a positive impact in their communities through sheer selfless. The New Vision reported that, "He was nominated for building a library for his community of Malongwe in Mukono district. After working at Kakira Sugar Works for four years, he used his savings to put up the Caezaria Public Library. He wanted to give the people in his community a chance to make it further in their education by having access to textbooks, something he lacked when he was at school."

I have interracted with Mr. Kigobe over the years and my conclusion has been that he's an extra-ordinary man! Mr. Kigobe's library was the focus centre for upcountry activities last year. I wish to thank his partners who have included National Library of Uganda, NABOTU, ULIA, Uganda Community Libraries Asociation and others who have supported Mr. Kigobe's ideas over the years.

Charles Batambuze
Executive Secretary
National Book Trust of Uganda (NABOTU)
Fountain House
3rd Floor, Suite 13 and 14
Plot 55, Nkrumah Road
P O Box 25412, Kampala
Tel. 041-235264

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door", unknown

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