The majority of schools situated around Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks, lack both text books and reading books. In some schools the teachers do not even have access to curriculum guides or reference books.
In conjunction with our Community Library projects, Omushana aims to ensure that children and teachers have access to essential text books and lots of story books.
In the past donations of books were collected in UK and shipped to Uganda. To date we have taken over 5000 books! Funds are also raised so that we can purchase Ugandan curriculum text books and African story books including books in the local languages - Rukiga around Bwindi Forest and Rufumbira at Mgahinga.
Books are sent to our Community Libraries and we have an active "book box" programme - boxes full of books are taken out to schools so that they have books to enjoy without the need to reach a library. Boxes are swapped around each term so that the children (and teachers) have a constant source of new books. There are currently over 30 book boxes co-ordinated by our Buhoma, Ruhija, Mgahinga and Rubuguri Community Libraries.
Omusnana recently partnered with the Swiss Relief Association to create additional book boxes at our new Mgahinga Community Library - Swiss Relief are currently fundraising and collecting books - they added five book boxes at Mgahinga during 2021.