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Ten tonnes of Kiwi books have arrived in Ugandan schools

Dec 11th, 2008 | By | Category: Featured Article, News

TEN tonnes of books donated by people in Wellington and Wairarapa earlier this year have safely arrived in Uganda.

The students who received them this week are delighted, says Kate McLeay, who took two big boxes of the books to a village on Sowe Island on Lake Victoria.

“The children read and read and read, and then read some more!  It was truly fabulous to watch,”she says.

“The Busoco School students will never be short of a good book,” says the grateful New Zealand woman.

The next step is to sort and categorise the books. Ms McLeay hopes there may be enough books for a couple of public libraries servicing a number of schools and adult literacy centres.

She has also floated the idea of a boat library to go around lake shore communities.

The 400 cartons of donated books were packed around a jet boat in a shipping container, which was freighted to Mombassa from Wellington in August. 

They were then trucked to the home of New Zealanders Kate and Cam McLeay in Kampala. 

The couple imported the jet boat for river tours they run on the Nile, and when Ms McLeay realised the container would be half empty she sent an email appeal to her New Zealand friends for children’s books.

The couple wishes to thank those who donated: “The smiles today were just so wonderful and they will be followed by so many more”.

PICTURES: Pupils at Busoco School on Sowe Island pore over the book shipment from Wellington. Below: Conroy Removal’s Scotty Barnard with the container before it left Wellington in August.



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