Kampala, Uganda – Summer 2005

School: Namirembe Laurel, Kampala Uganda
Students Served: 800

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Huge grins, shrieks of delight, twinkling eyes, sharing, laughter, and a sea of gratitude were all part of the day as students and teachers came to hold, look at, and check-out books from Namirembe Laurel Library. The awe on their faces was overwhelming as each child chose a book for the first time!

“This library is a very big gift that will directly benefit us and our other brothers and sisters in the coming generations,” Claire Kwagala, a beautiful young student, said at the opening celebration. A younger boy raised his hand to speak and then said gracefully and simply about those who were so generous, “They have blessed us. May He bless them.”

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The library was definitely a partnership between the Laurel Mountain Elementary community and Namirembe School, as well as our many supporters. Namirembe head administrator said, “When someone is doing such a grand thing for us, we must do our part, also. Thank you!”

At left, Claire Kwagala smiles as she reads a book under a tree in the schoolyard. Claire gave a very inspired speech at the library dedication. Click to see a short video of Libraries of Love volunteers working with Ugandan helpers to build the library and fill it’s shelves.

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