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Dr. Marylyn Rands

Dr. Marylyn is a retired college professor who focused her teaching on helping young women grow strong and confident.

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Bumbo Primary School began in 1932. The school is located in Manafwa district, Bumwoni Sub-County, Bukiabi Parish, Sosyo Village at the border of Uganda and Kenya. It is 56 kilometers from Mbale Town.

Over two-million people are estimated to have studied in this school. Only 15 managed to pass through the first grade since the school started. Three-quarters did not continue with secondary education due to a number of factors, which include lack of tuition due to poverty, early marriages and involvement in cross-border businesses. About 300,000 people succeeded in continuing their education in higher institutions of learning and are working in various places.

The History of The Community Library in Bumbo Primary School

Mt. Elgon Self-Help Community Project, with the support of Dr. Marylyn Rands of the U.S., initiated a community library in 2008.This Library is called the “John Memorial Library” and is open to all community members who come in at any time to borrow books and read. Members of the community are also encouraged through various programs, such as The Journey of Life, to make their own books that talk about their rich cultures, values, dreams, hopes, the crops they grow and the animals they keep as part of family life. This project has drawn the attention of many people who see this as a good opportunity for information sharing.

Many pupils from Bumbo Primary School became our clients. They piqued an interest in reading books about culture, people and folk stories. Some of them wrote their stories and placed them in our library for others to read. In 2009, the school also developed an interest in the library and would send teachers to borrow and use the books in school. In the same year, Caleb Wakhungu, Team Leader of Mt. Elgon Self-Help Community Project, was elected as a representative of the Old Boys and Girls of Bumbo Primary School. During their meetings, the need for an expanded library was expressed.

In 2009, the Dulwich Center Foundation visited the community and trained the teachers and community volunteers in Team of Life. This is a tool that uses sporting metaphors to enable people to share stories around their hopes, goals, and values and so on. It was through this arrangement that we shared our need for a library and community center with Janelle Dickson of Australia. Janelle returned home and mobilized her community there: The Blackall Community and Heartland Church. Their contributions have made it possible to build the library in Bumbo Primary School.

This Library will host 300 pupils at a time and will create opportunities for pupils to write or revise their books and enhance their performance.

It costs $8000 to build a community Library for a school. To support this building project, Please visit ourget involved page here to see how you can contribute.

Buy the solar sustem from us. We are producing solar panels from 1 watt to 100 watts with the aim of generation local income to support the work of the organisation. Email us here for the price list.


Mt. Elgon Self-Help Community Project on 10th/November/ 2011 won a green award by International Labour Organisation under the Youth Entreprenureship Facility.>> read more

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