To travel to the Netherlands with a side trip to Rwanda
This summer my husband Robin and I are planning to go to the Netherlands for our daughter's wedding. We decided to combine this with a trip to Rwanda.
We are joining Grace Rwanda to conduct librarian training for approximately 30 librarians in Rwanda.
Grace Rwanda (GR) is a local organization that promotes literacy in this small African country. The organization was founded by Rwandan Tutsi Genocide survivors Elizabeth Johnson & Marie-Louise Kaligirwa.
A child will get to experience holding a book
for the very first time.
Rwanda Librarian Training team
includes Mary Jo Ohl, a retired teacher librarian, two library technicians--Erica Taylor and I. My husband who will help wherever he can (he is a great help with computer related stuff, he is a handyman and of course he looks forward to reading One Eyed Jake to the kids!).
Grace Rwanda with the help of Rotary has shipped over containers of donated books and they recently partnered with Book Aid International who will ship containers of brand new books from the United Kingdom. BAI will also share their library training materials with our team.
What we need:
We aim to raise $5000 CDN to facilitate the training seminar. The trainee librarians work as volunteers or receive $50 per month for their wages.
We plan to cover the cost of the trainees to travel to Kigali, their lodging food and training materials.
To help with these costs, please donate to:
For Canadian donations
Donate online at Grace Rwanda Donate
To donate by mail send cheque to:
Grace Rwanda Society
#13 – 19889 96 Avenue, Suite #182
Langley, BC V1M3C7
(please designate that the funds are for the Rwanda Library Training)
Thank you for reading this blog post. We are excited about making a difference to literacy in Rwanda.