THE FLAGSHIP PROJECT – KIGALI PUBLIC LIBRARY

Article by Rotarian PP Raj ( MPHF )

Club members unanimously agreed to undertake an ambitious project – The Kigali Public Library (KPL), a necessary step towards creating a free and democratic society. Without the core of a public library it would be difficult to implement other projects such as literacy and reconciliation campaigns. But the vision extended beyond the Kigali Public Library to eventual opening of branch libraries in major towns, running mobile libraries in rural communities and organizing teacher training resource centers. This is in line with supporting literacy and education initiatives encouraged by RI.

The library has received strong support from both the Rwandan community, including Rwandan President H.E. Paul Kagame, and from the international community. The government donated a plot of land that is strategically situated along one of the principal roads of the city suburbs, Kacyiru, a short taxi ride for majority of the population of Kigali. The American Friends of KPL and Rotary clubs abroad have been instrumental in the construction of the library.

The club continues fundraising for the completion of the library which is set to be fully operational as by end of 2010. The library will be the headquarters of all provincial libraries that will be set up across the country. The running of the library will be in the hands of Rotary Club of Kigali – Virunga once the Ministry of Infrastructure hands it over upon completion.

Support of Rotaract and Interact Club

Rotary Club of Kigali – Virunga sponsors two Interact clubs, The Interact club of FAWE Girls and the Interact club of Green Hills Academy. Plans are under way to open more Interact clubs in secondary schools throughout the country.

The club also sponsors the Rotaract clubs of KIE, SFB and KIST. The Rotaract clubs of KIST and SFB are yet to be chartered while the Rotaract club of KIE is fully operational.

Projects

The club undertakes various projects in the areas of health, water, education, youth development, etc… The Rotary Foundation committee and the club service committee work hand in hand with members to see to it that all club projects are closed after successful completion. The club has become a beacon of hope in the community where it serves.