In September Chikumbuso applied for a grant from a US Library group hoping to get several new projects off the ground. We envisioned the library as a resource, not just for our students and staff, but also as an opportunity to reach out to the Ng’ombe community.
We haven’t heard back on our grant yet, but our dreams are slowly but surely becoming a reality. Through a connection with a large NGO, iConnect, a local internet provider, donated free air time to Chikumbuso. This has enabled us to have a bar-coded check out system for our library. We also have two computers – one for the library and one for administrative work. Finet, our librarian, has been working on her computer skills while setting up the library system.
In December, we were fortunate to have the Bush Family come and visit Chikumbuso. It was great to see Laura Bush (a librarian herself) in our library.
Next week, through the help of generous donors, we’ll be receiving additional computers for our library. A friend will be coming with the computers to do some classes and a local computer specialist will also be volunteering to “Train the Trainers” so Chikumbuso can begin teaching computer skills to our students and staff.
It never ceases to amaze me how vision can become a reality – often through unexpected sources. Thank you all, again, for your help with our library. It really is making a difference – it’s working, pongono, pongono, or bit by bit.
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