Earlier this year, EdPowerment’s U.S. and Tanzanian staff began to talk about starting a library at the Kilimahewa Educational Center. Reading is not a pastime, an activity, or even a thought for most of the youth and adults in the villages surrounding the Center.
Still, it’s not so simple. First, education has to take place. So last Friday, Kilimahewa’s library was opened to the neighborhood in an official ceremony attended by village officials. Our Director, Grace Lyimo, explained the concept and process of borrowing a book! AND returning it – on time and in good condition. Staff explained the types of books that could be “checked out” and the types of books that are “reference” to be read at the center. Each week, newspapers will be available. Slowly, we will develop the library’s offerings.
What a day for Kilimahewa, for EdPowerment, and for the young people we serve.