Engari Community Libray in Uganda!

Raised: $1,785.00
Goal: $2,000.00

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Kendra Smith

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Greetings All! My name is Kendra Smith and I am a Peace Corps Volunteer living in a rural village in Southwestern Uganda called Omungari or Engari for short. My Ugandan supervisor once t... more


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Updated posted by Kendra Smith 26 days ago

Thank you so much for the recent donations from Sandy Sedmak, Shirley Wang, and especially to Hand In Hand For Literacy for their generous donations towards this project! Pictures will be posted soon of the progress made on the library!


Updated posted by Kendra Smith 1 month ago

The library is coming along! The next stage will involve finishing the floor and roof as well as framing up the walls. Then filling the plastic bottles with rubbish that the local children helped me to collect throughout the community. Books should start to arrive soon as well!

Unfortunately, we underestimated the amount of timber needed for finishing up the roofs and walls. We have already used a good portion of the money raised to cover those costs. But we still need money for bookshelves and to cover a bit more cost of books being sent to Uganda.

Please help to raise more funds! We are getting so close! Any little amount will greatly help!! Thank you all so much for the support thus far!


Current status of the library!

Rubbish collecting to put into bottles.


Updated posted by Kendra Smith 2 months ago

I cannot even begin to express my gratitude to everyone that donated towards this library project. I continue to be amazed by the generosity of the people I know and others. I want to especially thank Bonnie Nankivell for her amazing support and for donating over $300 to help put the total amount of funds raised at $1000!!! I know this will help to finish and make the Engari Community Library an inspiring place for Engari community members to learn and grow as a community. Thank you all so much!!

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Created by Kendra Smith on November 1, 2013

Greetings All! My name is Kendra Smith and I am a Peace Corps Volunteer living in a rural village in Southwestern Uganda called Omungari or Engari for short. My Ugandan supervisor once told me that the way to hide information in Africa is by putting it in a book. Ever since hearing that I knew that I wanted to help develop a library and increase literacy in my village. I am in the process of getting a community library built out of recycled plastic bottles but will be short on funds to supply the library with books. Which is pretty much the whole point! So I'm trying to raise money to buy books and to help pay for a shipment of books being sent from America to Uganda. Any type of donation would be most wonderful and help this amazing community become more literate together! I put a limit of $1000 but the more the better! If you have books and would like to send them to me directly please send them to the address below:

Kendra Smith, PCV
P.O. Box 806
Mbarara, Uganda
East Africa

I am looking for all different types of books (children, young adult, informative, enjoyment, etc) although children are the target audience especially in terms of generating interest in books. Although dictionaries, encylopedias, wildlife books, world history books, maps, coloring books, etc. All are most welcome!

Wabare Munonga!! Thank you very much!!

The group photo is of some of the secondary school students that I brought to a youth empowerment and leardship camp. These students are amazing and want to go far in life but have limited access to resources that can help them do so and this includes books.

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Recent Donations (19)

$1,785 raised by 19 people in 5 months.



18 days ago



Friends of the Hudson Public Library

26 days ago



Deb McNally

27 days ago


Kendra - Hand In Hand For Literacy wants to help you build the shelves for the books that are on their way. Hope this helps! Keep up the amazing work!



Shirley Wang

1 month ago


Sarah, good luck with the project. best wishes, Shirley Wang



Sandy Sedmak

1 month ago



Bonnie Nankivell

2 months ago


Awesome stuff Kendra! Can't wait to see everyone blessed by this! Missing Engari x




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jacque sletten

2 months ago


Love you chica!


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