Slideshow Presentation at the Almonte Public Library

If you’re in the Almonte area on July 26th,  come and check out us out at 7pm at the Almonte Public Library. There will be plenty of stories about Jocelyn and Andrea’s CIDA internship in Bunalwenhi village, about the library project, and about the amazing people we met and learned from. Discover what it was like to spend five months living deep in a Ugandan village!

Hope to see you there!

Check out the July issue of the Humm, Almonte’s arts, entertainment & ideas paper. A story on BuCL is featured on page 8!


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Bunalwenhi receives three boxes of books from Book Aid International!

Bunalwenhi Community Library’s collection of books grew substantially this month! Three boxes from Book Aid International, distributed by Uganda National Library, contained 377 books of many genres and age levels. These books will be especially useful for mobile library sessions and reading club activities!

A few other notable events:

Summer Holiday Reading Program: May’s monthly report highlighted the success of the summer holiday reading program. With 344 visits in a three week period, our librarian and library assistant certainly had their hands full! The holiday reading program included story-time sessions, educational games, spelling, vocabulary, colouring and singing. With so many children to entertain, a lack of sufficient space and furniture was definitely an issue. The library will be purchasing locally made mats to maximize floor space inside, and so that certain activities can be moved outside.

Door-to-door Awareness Campaign: 10 local households were visited by the librarian and assistant. These visits allow the library to inform Bunalwenhi residents of services and programs. They also allow the library staff to gauge how the community perceives the library, and to clarify the library’s role when needed. This is extremely important as the local language does not contain the word ‘library’, and people don’t necessarily understand that everyone is welcome to use the library’s resources!

Community Library Workshop: The library director, librarian and assistant attended a workshop on the role of community libraries in the development of rural communities. This workshop was organized by the Uganda Community Libraries Association and included topics such as; adult literacy initiatives, supporting local cultural and social activities such as story-telling and drama, complementing the school curriculum through provision of appropriate reading materials, supporting health, environmental and civic activities, and much more. There are so many areas in which community libraries can support rural development initiatives!


















We would like to thank everyone for the generous donations we have received this month. These donations are vital to the library’s continued success! We are so grateful!



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Local primary schools appreciate library programs!

It’s always wonderful to hear feedback from our wonderful librarian, Kamya John. He keeps us up to date on how the library’s programs are running, sending us monthly reports and lovely personal emails. The most recent email we received contained pictures of the children enjoying themselves at the library, as well as letters written to BuCL from the teacher coordinators of our primary school reading clubs.

This feedback allows us to see ensure that the library’s programs are supporting the children’s education in the best possible way. Since the library aims to address some of the weaknesses of the formal education system, most importantly a lack of access to books and educational materials, it is so important that the relationships we build with local teachers and schools are positive. So far it seems that the teachers are excited to partner with us!

A letter from the Reading Club coordinator at Naitandu Primary School.

On behalf of Naitandu Primary School, we would like to send our sincere thanks to Bunalwenhi Community Library board members for the wonderful work and commitment they have shown us.

We pray that the almighty God reward you abundantly. As Naitandu Primary School, the following have been observed about mobile library:

1. Sense of sharing

The children have developed a sense of sharing with their friends which was not common previously. The mobile library has helped to build in the pupils how to share with others. For that culture of sharing, we appreciate.

2. Improving the children’s ability to read texts

Through mobile library, the children have improved in reading stories. We appreciate as a school as well as the pupils.

3. Love and care.

The children have developed a good spirit of love and caring through the mobile library. If the children are given books to read, they take much responsibility of caring about the books without destroying them.


On behalf of the children, we request for provision of enough reading materials to meet the population of the children. We also request the mobile library members to organise reading competitions at schools where we can give gifts to the winners. This will help(the children) to improve and learners love to read texts without forcing them


On behalf of the school administration and the children, we appreciate Mr.Waibi the founder of Bunalwenhi Community Library for the love of your people and remembering them by starting up this program of mobile library

We pray that the almighty father reward you abundantly.

Mr.Isiko Elifazi,

(Mr. Isiko Elifazi is a Bunalwenhi Community Library member, he teaches at Naitandu Primary School)

As always, donations are very welcome! If you would like to sponsor a reading contest in a school or provide a grant for the library to purchase new books, please visit our temporary website to donate:

Thank you for your support!

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Our library needs your support!

The Bunalwenhi Community Library is located in a rural village in the Iganga District of Uganda. We service a very poor and remote community with little access to reading materials or information services. Bunalwenhi does not currently have electricity or internet access, and the library is the first building in the community with solar-powered lighting.

Uganda’s Universal Primary Education (UPE) program has provided the opportunity for many of the thousands of children in Bunalwenhi to attend local primary schools. Unfortunately, these schools have extremely limited resources and class sizes often exceed seventy students. The students themselves have few or no textbooks, notebooks, or even pencils. As a result, children in the community do not perform well on national exams due to their low level of literacy, and often fail to continue on to secondary school.

Thanks to your support, the Bunalwenhi Community Library has begun to receive funding and book donations, and has started to provide mobile library services to local schools. We have recently opened our doors to the public, offering a children’s holiday program, and will begin expanding our services to other members in the community as resources become available.

Please continue to follow our progress during this exciting time!

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