Grand opening of Gasave Public Park Library

Yesterday , Friday September 13 was the grand opening of the Gasave Public Park Library and celebration of International Literacy month. This has been a labour of love for Elizabeth and Paul as well as more than 20 volunteers for the past 5 months.

The library, which was completely funded by Book Aid International, started out as a shipping container that was brought to Rwanda from Canada by Grace Rwanda in the spring. After many, many obstacles, the container finally found a home in the mudugudu (village) of Gasave. Once completed, the library can hold up to 5000 books – 4500 in English and other languages and another 500 in the local language of Kinyarwanda. There is also a wonderful area for a children’s reading corner and outside benches and tables that can seat up to 50 people.

There were many important guests who made the trip to be at the opening ceremonies :

  • The Vice Mayor of Social Affairs Gasabo District
  • Representative of the Minister of Education
  • Representative of the Ministry of Sports & Culture
  • A Rwanda Language & Culture Representative
  • Chairman of Rwanda Writers Federation
  • Representative of Rwanda Publisher’s Association
  • Representative of the police of Gisozi
  • Executive Secretary of Gisozi Sector
  • Chief of Gasave Mudugudu
  • A board member of Grace Rwanda from Canada
  • Rwandan Community Library Forum

But most importantly, there were students from the local elementary a high schools plus many Gisozi residents.

Students from one of the local schools

The ceremonies started with some traditional dancing from the Dance Troupe Amaliza of Gisozi – children who are part of the Ineza Sunday school and reading club. They were taught by the mothers who are a part of the Blessing Women’s Group, where they learn many useful skills such as sewing, crafts, and business skills for job creation.

After the dancing, several of the guests made speeches thanking Grace Rwanda/Ineza Foundation for their hard work getting the library up and operational through local and international partnerships, as well as encouraging the students and community guests to use the library and continue reading and learning.

After the guests spoke, the top 10 students from three local schools were congratulated and given prizes for their reading/writing competition speeches. The theme of this years’ competition was “reading and writing in different languages is a source of knowledge.”

Finally, once all this is over, it is time for the grand tour of their new library.

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Training Workshop

This September librarian sisters, Robyn and Erica Taylor, will be traveling from Vancouver, BC to help Grace Rwanda set up more children’s reading corners throughout Rwanda. During the three weeks they will be there the sisters will also be facilitating a two day training workshop where they will be showing the Rwandan librarians the importance of early childhood literacy and various ways they can promote that in their reading corners.

In order for the librarians to be able to participate in this beneficial workshop, they will require the funds necessary for their travel, food, and lodging. With your generous support, Grace Rwanda will be able to help them learn new skills that will benefit all Rwandans. Please go to our donate page and help out – no amount is too small!! Thank you everyone for your generous support!

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Shipping Container to Rwanda

Exciting news!! Through the tireless efforts of Elizabeth and Paul, Grace Rwanda was able to secure the funding to get another shipping container sent from Vancouver to Rwanda!!

Container arriving – ready to be loaded!!
Starting the loading process.

No matter the weather, the team was ready to load up!!

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Christmas in Rwanda

Grace Rwanda Society wishes you a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year 2019!!

Here is a beautiful video of Christmas in Rwanda  taken in the amazing capital city of Kigali.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported our work in Rwanda. With your generous support we have achieved so much, including:

  • 25,000+ books were received from UK thanks to Book Aid International
  • 35,000 books have been distributed into community libraries
  • 34 women graduated from Work For Life entrepreneurship training and are ready for new businesses
  • 3 children’s reading corners are serving 500 children & youth a week
  • 23 new community libraries were completed serving 1,200 children daily in 20 districts
  • 2 containers were shipped to Rwanda, with one in the process of being loaded in the spring of 2019
  • 500 Women’s Monthly Hygienic Recyclable Kits are in use in Rwanda, with 500 Days for Girls sample kits ready to be shipped out in 2019
  • 38 community librarians were trained for ongoing librarian management
  • 1,800 soccer jerseys were distributed to 100 youth teams
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Exciting News!!

Grace Rwanda is receiving a shipment of 26, 306 books from Book Aid International!!   Book Aid International is the UK’s leading international book donation and library development charity and they have generously donated thousands of books to be delivered to Kigali at the end of July.  While these books are free and the shipping is free, there is still a cost to Grace Rwanda.  It costs about $600 USD for the clearance into Kigali, as well as the cost of renting trucks to bring the books to the Gisozi warehouse.  There is also the cost of labour to hire people to load and unload the trucks and then to sort and stock the shipment once it has arrived at the warehouse.  Altogether Grace Rwanda is needing to raise approximately $1200 USD to get these books.  If anybody can donate it would be greatly appreciated!!  Don’t forget that donations are eligible for a tax receipt!

Please help these wonderful children continue to enjoy the wonders of reading!!

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Game time!

The children who attend Elizabeth and Paul’s Sunday services love sports so much that they have dedicated the last Saturday of every month as sports day!

The founder of Rulindo soccer center, coach Crallene, helps with coaching the kids.

Reading club

A volunteer from Japan helps with the sports day.  The kids enjoy touching her hair and being carried like a baby on her back!!

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