Thursday, July 02, 2009

Under The Reading Tree And The Osu Children's Library Fund Collaborate With Favl To Support The Randa Farmers' Library

This is the welcome that FAVL Director Kate Parry received when she visited the village of Randa, in Bududa District of Eastern Uganda, in June 2009. Randa is up in the foothills of Mount Elgon, a beautiful place, but desperately poor. Early in 2009 one of the community's leaders, Moses Mukhobeh, wrote to FAVL, UTRT, and OCLF to ask for support for a library that the Randa United Farmers' Group had just set up. All agreed that Kate should visit and report back. She did so at the end of March 2009 and, as a result of her recommendations, OCLF agreed to donate a box of books and UTRT to pay for a part-time librarian and provide an additional book budget. On this visit in June Kate went to announce the news, to the great joy of everyone in the village. The salary will begin in July, administered by the Uganda Community Libraries Association coordinator, Grace Musoke, and the box of books will arrive in August, carried by Valeda Dent, who is coming to Uganda to do research at the Kitengesa Community Library. A wonderful result of successful networking!

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