Construction of a Community Library and Information Center

The Students and pupils from the rural community welcome the project idea. Over 5000 students would benefit from the Library in a year and for many generations
Construction of a Community Library and Information Center

We need volunteers who could fundraise to implement the construction of Community Library and Information Center in Amor Village.

The Community Library and Information Center we intend to construct in Amor village is a combination of;

1. Community Library, to benefit pupils, students, teachers and tutors from over 48 schools and researchers(to benefit over 5000 students a year and to serve generations)

2. Community Hall to serve as a shelter where the parents, community leaders and school representatives could sit and discuss important issues related to the development of their society, including girl child education, farming, health, parenting, micro-finance.We usually hold meetings under the tree; often disrupted by rain and sunshine. The hall would also serve as a training/workshop, research/survey center.

Most of the schools are made of mud and wattle structures, they do not have libraries, some schools have just a few reference books, some do not have at all.

This has led to academic struggles which has led to poor performance; one of the reasons as to why so many girls and boys are dropping out of school.

A report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) shows that Uganda has the highest school drop-out rate for females in East Africa, staggering at 71%.

"One of the causes of School dropout in Uganda is Lack of sensitization in the community about education and two of the remedies are: 1.Sensitize children about importance of education. 2. Work with parents to keep children in school." Arise Foundation.

The Community Library and Information Center we propose is not a new project, it is a campaign under our Schools and Community Sensitization Project whose main objective is to sensitize and create awareness on the values of education in the rural schools and communities.

The Community Library and Information Center would in a year enable over 5000 students and pupils from over 48 schools (Primary and Secondary) to have access/share books, and have access to a descent reading/research environment.

This includes the construction of a mini Community Hall/Common meeting hall where the parents, community leaders and school representatives could sit and discuss important Information and issues for the development of their society, including girl child education. We usually hold meetings under the tree, often disrupted by rain and sunshine. The hall would also serve as a training/workshop, research center not only to students but also to researchers and the local community based organizations.

****Fact: This campaign is a continuation of what began already; we've got 113 books donated for the library, 15 Chairs, 2 Tables, 2 Bookshelves BUT there is no physical Library Structure for the learners. We are keeping these books in someone's house. We really need your support.

Amor and the surrounding communities need the Library and the Mini Hall.

Our project and community welcome volunteers from across the globe, we need volunteers who could implement this project.

Location

The project implementation is in Amor village, Kisoko subcounty, Tororo District, 700mitres, West of Kisoko High School, Nagongera Road. 6km away from Tororo town. Eastern Uganda, Kenyan Boarder.

Schedule

Our programs are flexible! You can choose your start and end dates based on availability. You'll work between three to six hours per day, with an optional number of days per week depending on the activities the volunteer chooses to participate in during the construction phase. Once a volunteer has registered, they will work out a schedule with one of our program coordinators that meets both the volunteer's and project's needs.

Accommodations

All of our accommodations are within a short walking distance. Volunteers have the option to stay within the community guest house (with flashing toilets and solar panelsl) or at a hotel in Tororo town. Housing will be arranged on a case by case basis to ensure the comfort of each volunteer. Private rooms are available upon request. We can also recommend nearby hostels for volunteers who choose to find their own housing. If volunteers choose to arrange their own housing in one of the nearby communities they will be responsible for their own transportation. Amenities include:

  • Access to clean, potable water at accommodations and the project site.
  • Hot, running water is available at accommodations, and there are several options in town for volunteers to do their laundry.
  • Internet is available and free at the project site; however, Internet service in Uganda can be unreliable. There are several Internet cafes in town with good rates and we can assist you with recommendations.

Cost Breakdown

This program may have a Reservation Fee, which is included in the total cost and is due once you commit to the program, with the remaining Program Fee balance due 30 days before your arrival date.

2 weeks:     $319 Longer:     +$135 per week

Volunteers choosing to stay at the community guest house (Pecho guest House) will pay $202 per week + $202 per additional week. This includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Note: All listed prices are in US Dollars.

How To Sign Up

Signing up is a three-step process:

  • Fill out an Inquiry Form. Please note: submissions must be made at least 4 weeks prior to your prospective start date.
  • A member of the Volunteer Global team will get in touch with you to confirm program availability for your chosen dates, and schedule an interview if needed.
  • Once your interview is complete, you will be notified to submit your Reservation Fee to reserve your program and schedule. Your final Program Fee is due at least 4 weeks prior to in-country arrival in order to reserve your placement.

Important Note

This is a pilot program. As part of our program development process, we ask our first groups of participating volunteers to provide additional feedback to assist us in ensuring the most rewarding experience possible in cooperation with Pearl Community Empowerment Foundation for their associated programs.

Registration must be completed at least one month prior to your program start date, so...let's get started!

Requirements

  • 18 and older
  • Good health
    • A reputable background
    • An ability to work under minimal supervision
    • Creativity and motivation to implement projects that will benefit the community
    • Good communication skills
    • Ability to adapt to different cultures
    • Friendliness and a desire to make a difference in rural marginalized communities
    • Fluency in English is required
    • Construction skills (building,roofing, capentry, painting, gardening...)
    • Fluency in English is required
Country: Uganda

Type of Work: Community Development

Duration: 24 weeks - 24 weeks
Fee: From $319
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Your Program Fee Covers:

  • Registration and pre-departure interview
  • Volunteer handbook (when available)
  • 24/7 U.S.-based staff support
  • In-country housing and certain amenities
  • Training and guidance from host group
  • Host program needs, such as tools or supplies for your project
  • Post-trip thank-you packet
  • Monthly newsletters

Unless explicitly stated otherwise, it does not cover your flight, passport/visa, vaccinations, transportation while in country, exit fees, meals, or personal expenses. Click here for full details about your program costs!