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Library Bakau, Gambia's third Public Library!

bakauRead to Grow has given 7100 books the third Public Library in Gambia, which is located in the slums of Bakau. From the first minute people were standing in rows outside to wait for their turn to read in the library! Because of the large interest, the library had to hire a second librarian. It has to be open from early morning until 10pm in the evening to give as much people as possible a chance to read! The library is visited by mostly young people and students.

Edukans and Dutch students donate Read to Grow books to primary schools in Uganda.

edukansFrom 8 to 19 Jul., 2007, the Edukans Foundation travelled with 53 students in 2 groups to Uganda. The 53 students (PABO, alo and Drama, dit zou ik weglaten ) were divided into 2 groups. The students met fellow students in Uganda and together they did teach in primary schools in Soroti and Kampala. The 80 pounds of English books were distributed at 8 primary schools in the immediate vicinity of Soroti, to the children of the staff of the group accommodation in Soroti of the Church of Uganda and they were handed over to Els of Teijlingen for the children of her orphanage.

The Primary Schools

The students have been teaching on 8 primary schools in the outskirts of Soroti for two days. Already on arrival at the schools the student became aware that the housing is very moderate and that teaching materials are rare. Only the most necessary is there. Often, there is something that was ment to be a school library, but in practice these are very often no more than a few empty shelves with only a few books. The stacks of books of Read to Grow have been received with great interest and appreciation.

Els van Teijlingen

During her first visit to Uganda Els van Teijlingen already noticed that children infected with the HIV / AIDS virus were preferably completely ignored and often openly discriminated (also by a lack of knowledge).

More than 6 years ago Els established a children's home for these children in Soroti . Meanwhile, there are 2 houses. A home for children who are really ill and one for children who are "only" HIV-positive. Els told the students about her life and work in Uganda and invited them to come with her to work as a volunteer. To thank her for her story and as a token of appreciation the students also offered her a bag full of English books.



Edukans would like to thank Read to Grow on behalf of the students. Thanks to you we pleased many teachers and students with meaningful gifts. We hope to further make use of your books in the future.