Mobile Library Launch

Waiting for the ceremony to start

Waiting for the ceremony to start

This past Monday, we celebrated the launch of the Community Mobile Library Project. Members from the community, guests from Kigali, primary students, and teachers came together to advertise the start of this project in our sector.

Students from the public secondary schools danced

Students from the public secondary schools danced

The day got off to a rocky start; it poured all morning long, leaving us scrambling to move our planned outdoor event inside. Luckily the priests were nice enough to let us use an old sanctuary at the church. Despite the stressful start and two-hour delay, everything went smoothly once the ceremony got rolling.

Ready for a traditional dance

Ready for a traditional dance

During the ceremony, we tried to raise awareness about the mobile library project by telling the audience about our objectives, the types of books available, where they can find them, etc. There were a series of speeches by librarians, me, sector officials, and guests. Students from the public secondary schools performed a variety of dances, skits, and speeches. The primary school’s dance troupe also performed a few traditional dances. Last but not least, my friend’s band came and performed!

More dancing, complete with rice sack costumes

More dancing, complete with rice sack costumes

The performances were great fun to watch, and all the students in attendance loved it! I am so grateful for all the help I’ve had in implementing this project. Thanks to all the teachers, headmasters, and students who have helped me organize the libraries and distribute the books. And thanks to everyone who helped during the launch! The project is still not finished- three participating schools have received their books already, but I need to deliver books to the two remaining schools once the rainy season ends. I also want to follow up with the schools to help ensure that the books are used effectively and that the project is sustainable. I am excited to see how the rest of this project plays out!

But for now, enjoy a few more pictures from the launch. 🙂

Primary school students also performed two traditional dances

Primary school students also performed two traditional dances

Kao's band performed a few numbers

My friend’s band performed a few numbers

Singing and dancing

Singing and dancing

Making my speech in Kinyarwanda

Making my speech in Kinyarwanda

Secondary students wrote and performed a skit

Secondary students wrote and performed a skit

This secondary student wrote and shared his own story

This secondary student wrote and recited his own story

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