Ndwara Community Resource Centre

The library is temporarely located in a small room until the main library building is complete. This is a wonderful project which deserves support as it will benefit a large rural population. We were delighted to spend time with the library staff and supporters. This is truely an essential project for this entire community.
The new library needs a roof, the next most critical need is for furniture and books. The library management would like these to be built locally to encourage skill development and employment, particularly among young people.
While the library has an ongoing need for books, they regularly receive book donations from Canada. They are limited, however, to books in English. Therefore, funds for the purchase of books in Luo or Kiswahili would be helpful.
This library is committed to being a centre for the development of the entire community. Therefore they are determined to create opportunities for skill development, apprenticeships and employment, particularly for young adults who experience a high level of unemployment. The library has been built by young men from the village, under the supervision of a qualified mason; and the hope is that the furniture can also be done in this way. The library has already supported the start-up of a secondary school for the village, sponsorship of several students who are orphans or very poor, and some start-up businesses.
The co-founders of the library are both professional librarians, and are committed to overseeing and training staff and volunteers to provide the highest level of service. The library has a few laptops computers and provide some training. There is already an impact of this thehnology with the increased number of people (old and young) from the village with email accounts and FaceBook pages.

Ndwara Community Resource Centre R E P O R T    C A R D
In our network Yes
Library visited by our team Yes
Library visit date June 10, 2014
Library context This is a small village library currently hosted in a borrowed room from the local church. The main library is currently under construction. The walls are there but the roof is still missing. The village has no electricity, it should be installed soon.
This library needs:
(reviewed and approved by ATS)
The library is currently inside a small church room adjacent to a school. They plan to move to bigger space soon. What the need most is funding to finish the new library building, and a lot more books.

The library needs:
- Funds to complete the new library building (needs a roof)
- Locally purchassed furniture
- Books of all kind
Region Siaya County, Kenya
Google maps link Locate on Google Maps (approx.)
Address Ndwara village, Off Bondo -Misori rd, E.Migwena sublocation, South Sakwa location, Siaya county, Kenya.
Postal address P.O Box 135, Bondo, Kenya
Point of contact Joseph Ogola Ogiaga- overall coordinator Library services MOBILE: +254726585269 EMAIL: ogolajoseph56@yahoo.com
Website http://ndwaralibrary.com
Email ogolajoseph56@yahoo.com
Year founded 2009
Serving population 17,000 people in South Sakwa location and Ndwara Community has a population of about 2,000 people. (2009 Housing and Population census report, Kenya)
Surface size (approx.) Operating in a space provide by the church. Current space for library (12x10ft) and reading space (28x10ft)
Access to electricity No
Number of visitors per day (approx.) 30
Number of seats Benches
Number of tables 2
Number of books 350
Internet Poor
Wireless Internet available (Wifi) Yes. With a Safaricom USB modem.
Internet speed Slow and erratic
Number of computers 3 laptops (no electricity)
Services offered Book borrowing, Support for student study, Information packages to support small business start-ups, Weekly library visits by classes from the local primary and secondary school, Two daily newspapers.
Support this library directly Please contact the library for more information on how to donate directly.
Additional supporting material http://www.gofundme.com/building-a-library

SUPPORT PROVIDED BY ATS We provided content relevant school and curriculum books during our assessment visit. We were deeply touched by all the effort that was put into this new library project. We deeply regret not having the resources to do more for them.

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