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Rwanda Library Training

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Grace Rwanda has invited a team of 3 Canadian librarians to Kigali to organize a  
Rwanda Librarian Training Seminar
to teach 30 national workers how to run a small community library and promote a reading culture. 

Grace Rwanda (GR) is a Canadian organization that promotes literacy in Rwanda.
The organization was founded by Rwandan Tutsi genocide survivors Elizabeth Johnson & Marie-Louise Kaligirwa.
Book Aid International has also partnered with GR to provide containers of donated books to the projects. 

Rwanda is a country with no reading culture, Rwandans learn through story telling guca imigani Books are scarce in Rwanda, and expensive. Grace Rwanda's goal is to bring literacy to Rwanda's youth (who make up half of the population), to help them succeed in rebuilding their country.  

This NGO is in the process of setting up 22 community libraries and provided mini-libraries to schools and they host literacy outreach events in rural and urban areas to promote a reading culture. These literacy events have been non-existent in Rwanda, for example at some events
A child will get to experience holding a book
for the very first time.

Funds are needed to pay the costs of  30 Rwandan library workers to attend this training seminar:
-transportation to Kigali from different parts of the country
-2 days' accommodation and meals
-training materials 
-library cataloging materials
-hall rental and projector costs

The library workers earn $50 /month, and some are volunteers. 

For a Canadian tax receipt donate online Grace Rwanda

or send cheque to:
Grace Rwanda Society
#13 – 19889 96 Avenue, Suite #182
Langley, BC V1M3C7

Funding is needed by July 1, 2017

These funds will not go towards any costs of the Canadian volunteers.


Elsemieke Wishart
Mission, BC

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